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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The worldwide growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical routine into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re possibly spending a lot more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Were you aware we can install indoor air quality products in your house that offer hospital-grade filtration? These products can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern houses are securely sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more contaminated than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of actions you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your home? Our knowledgeable pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several aspects that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we provide.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We suggest upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal results. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, since they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

In advance of getting a better filter, reach us at 928-432-6018. Our pros can help you select the right match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification systems you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that cause strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is installed within your comfort system. Its powerful rays eradicate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could provide welcome relief. Especially if you reside in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also offers an added advantage for your comfort unit. It may help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers advise using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your residence’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your HVAC system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones healthy when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity percentage is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your home. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity while your HVAC equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At B&D Air Conditioning, we’re passionate about making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your family. That’s why our techs are taking additional precautions when we come to your home.

To discover more about our air quality products, give us a call at 928-432-6018 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you could have with a pro visiting your residence at this time.

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*Based on in-duct testing that shows Healthy Climate® filters reduce airflow restriction. Greater restriction of airflow creates a greater load on a unit’s fan motor, increasing energy consumption.

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