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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily schedule upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending a lot more time there today. Consequently your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

Did you realize we can add indoor air quality products in your house 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 securely airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air can 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 might be troublesome, since the EPA has determined we spend about 90% of our lifetime inside.

There are lots of factors that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, including cleaning products and air fresheners. These can create headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to better your air quality. Some solutions include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which option is right for your residence? Our skilled pros can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then advise you on the best choice for your family’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We advise buying at least a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best effect. This filter provides cleaner air while limiting energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you pick, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating correctly.

Ahead of getting a better filter, contact us at 760-784-9034. Our experts can help you find the right option for your system.

Air Purification

Lennox® has some of the best air purification equipment you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, such as 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 installed on the inside of your comfort equipment. Its strong rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system could deliver much-desired relief. Especially if you are in a muggy area where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an extra advantage for your HVAC unit. It might help it last for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, because it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an improved filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your house’s air. It fulfills this without limiting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Having balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your household in good health when it’s cold. It can help with sore throats, flaky skin and peeling lips, amidst added cold weather irritations.

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

You can achieve this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This equipment generally functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have a built-in fan to circulate humidity while your comfort system isn’t operating.

Turn to the Experts for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

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

To find out more about our air quality products, give us a call at 760-784-9034 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also handle any apprehension you can have with a technician coming to your residence today.


*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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