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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Important

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular calendar all over the place.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your house is your safe space. You’re likely spending much more more time there now. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern residences are tightly sealed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air could be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our days indoors.

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

There are several actions you can take to improve your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which option is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the best choice for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how successfully it filters contaminants.

One of the most common and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are slightly better, graded between 8 and 12.

We suggest getting at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers fresher air while lowering energy use*.

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

Whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC system running properly.

In advance of getting a better filter, give us a call at 314-325-7552. Our experts can help you choose the right solution for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the most advanced 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 eliminate:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 inside your comfort system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment could give much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an additional bonus for your heating and cooling equipment. It may help it run for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal components clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without limiting your comfort system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your house could help keep your family in good health when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, dry skin and peeling lips, amidst other cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range varies based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This equipment usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At B & B Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality products, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than only your heating and cooling associate. We want to be sensitive to the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we arrive at your house.

To find out more about our air quality products, reach us at 314-325-7552 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you could have with a pro arriving at 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.

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