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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your regular schedule into a jumble.

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 clear bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Modern residences are tightly sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air could be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can be troublesome, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are lots of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These may result in headaches and worsen 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 house? Our knowledgeable professionals can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that affect your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then recommend the best option for your family’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

One of the most common and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV register. Pleated filters are slightly better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. 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 typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at catching 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of 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 unit running correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, give us a call at 314-325-7552. Our pros can help you select the right match for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides 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 taking care of 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 strong 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 area where bacteria and mold grow quickly.

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

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal 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 decreasing your heating and cooling system’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having correct humidity in your residence could help keep your family from getting sick in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and cracked lips, in addition to other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll determine 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 reach this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your house. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to spread humidity during the time your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At B & B Heating & Cooling, we’re committed 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 support. We want to be considerate about the health of you and your household. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality products, get in touch with us at 314-325-7552 or contact us online. Our friendly staff can also address any concerns you could have with a pro coming to your house now.

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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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