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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global transmission of COVID-19 has likely flipped your daily calendar 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 residence 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 firmly airtight, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be dirtier than the air outside. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times inferior than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days 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 enhance 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 off of the results, we can then advise you on the best option for your home’s distinct needs.

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

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, you should consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This assesses how efficiently it filters pollutants.

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

We suggest upgrading to 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 regarded as the gold standard in air filtration, as they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, like pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you pick, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can buy, which keeps your HVAC unit operating properly.

In advance of buying a better filter, contact us at 760-784-9034. Our pros can help you find the right option for your system.

Air Purification

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

This powerful equipment can wipe out:

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

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this unit could deliver welcome relief. Especially if you reside in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also offers an added advantage for your HVAC equipment. It can help it last for a longer period of time and heat and cool more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces 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 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 decreasing your comfort unit’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, dry skin and cracked lips, amidst further cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your residence’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based on outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically advise 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 the right level of humidity throughout your house. 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 Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re committed to making your house more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality options, 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 we’re taking added precautions when we come to your residence.

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