Why Your Home's Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar all over the place.

When times feel uncertain, you can feel good in knowing your home is your safe retreat. You’re possibly spending more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

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

Up-to-date houses are tightly airtight, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air can be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could cause a problem, since we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are many elements that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These might create headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your home? Our expert pros can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based off of our findings, we can then advise you on the best option for your household’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we offer.

 

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively 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, graded between 8 and 12.

We advise installing at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter gives cleaner air while limiting energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, since they’re usually installed in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 972-332-1028. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the best 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, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

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

If your family has allergies or asthma, this equipment may deliver relief. Especially if you live in an extremely hot climate where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional advantage for your HVAC equipment. It could help it work for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers suggest installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without decreasing your heating and cooling equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your house may help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s cold. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity when your heating unit isn’t operating.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Bon Air Service Company, we’re dedicated to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling company. We're concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we visit your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 972-332-1028 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any concerns you can have with a tech 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.