Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

March 25, 2020

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

When things feel uncertain, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe space. You’re likely spending much more more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Up-to-date homes are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be dirtier than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the has determined we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are many of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, including 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 options include enhanced air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is best for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll examine several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based on the outcome, we can then recommend the most fitting choice for your family’s distinct needs.

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

 

Air Filtration

When looking at air filters, it’s essential to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters contaminants.

One of the most ordinary and least expensive filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV scale. Pleated filters are slightly better, ranking between 8 and 12.

We recommend upgrading to at minimum a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter provides clearer air while lowering energy needs*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are considered the best in air filtration, since they’re frequently in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Regardless of whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC system operating correctly.

Ahead of getting an upgraded filter, give us a call at 760-784-9034. Our professionals can help you select the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the best air purification units you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while managing all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added on the inside of your comfort system. Its penetrating rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can give much-needed relief. Especially if you live in a humid area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also has an added bonus for your comfort unit. It can help it last for a greater period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best outcome. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your residence’s air. It completes this without limiting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence may help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst other cold weather irritations.

If you aren’t sure of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll figure that out during your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimum range with a whole-home humidifier. This system generally functions with your furnace or air handler to deliver the right level of humidity around your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain an included fan to move humidity while your comfort system isn’t running.

Trust the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re dedicated to making your residence more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can get.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We want to be considerate about the wellness of you and your family. That’s why our technicians are taking added precautions when we come to your house.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 760-784-9034 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any worries you might have with a pro arriving at your residence 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.