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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule into a jumble.

When things feel uncertain, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Did you realize we can add indoor air quality products in your house that deliver hospital-grade filtration? These products can clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Today’s houses are firmly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our time inside.

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

There are a few steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is right for your residence? Our expert professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your family’s distinctive needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, you should look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how successfully it filters air.

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

We advise getting at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter gives cleaner air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re typically in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you choose, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly checked over. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running correctly.

Ahead of getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 256-270-1196. Our pros can help you choose the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification systems you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your comfort system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit can deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your HVAC system. It might help it run for a greater period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, among further cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll figure that out when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver optimal humidity across your home. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, we’re dedicated to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your loved ones. That’s why our techs are taking extra precautions when we visit your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 256-270-1196 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a technician visiting your home 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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