Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The international spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your regular schedule all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your house is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there now. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

Were you aware we can add indoor air quality products in your residence 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 fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This may be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

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

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

Not certain which solution is right for your residence? Our skilled professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that impact your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the ideal choice for your home’s distinctive needs.

Continue reading to discover more about the air quality equipment we sell.

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses 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 somewhat better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 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 thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC equipment running properly.

In advance of getting a more powerful filter, reach us at 256-270-1196. Our experts can help you choose the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed inside your comfort system. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit might deliver much-needed relief. Especially if you are in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an additional bonus 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 using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring correct humidity in your residence could help keep your loved ones in good health during the winter. It can aid sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, among added cold weather bothers.

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

You can accomplish this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to give optimal humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included 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 committed 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 household. 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 knowledgeable staff can also answer any concerns you could 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.