Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

March 25, 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar into a jumble.

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

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

Up-to-date homes are firmly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In actuality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the has calculated we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are lots of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, such as cleaning products and air fresheners. These could cause headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

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

Not sure which solution is a good fit for your residence? Our expert professionals can conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the ideal solution for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We recommend getting at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter delivers clearer air while lowering energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the benchmark in air filtration, because 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 pick, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC unit working correctly.

Before installing a better filter, give us a call at 254-307-9572. Our professionals can help you select the best option for your system.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like pollen, dust and pet dander
  • 95% of bacteria-sized particles, such as 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 equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this unit might give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

This light also offers an additional perk for your comfort system. It might help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, because it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your house could help keep your loved ones from getting sick during the winter. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and chapped lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this optimal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity around your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to move humidity while your heating system isn’t operating.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Bell Air Conditioning Inc., we’re passionate about making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we sell Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling support. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 254-307-9572 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also answer any concerns you might have with a pro visiting your house today.

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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.