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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Matters

The international growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your typical calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take peace in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending lots more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.

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

Today’s houses are tightly sealed, which is great for energy efficiency. But it also means your inside air may be more polluted 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 has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

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

There’s a combination of steps 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 expert technicians can complete an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several areas that have an influence on your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of the results, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your home’s distinct needs.

Keep on reading to find out more about the air quality products we offer.

Air Filtration

When comparing air filters, it’s important to consider the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how effectively it filters pollutants.

One of the most ordinary and lowest priced filters, flat fiberglass filters, are graded between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are a little bit better, rated between 8 and 12.

We advise getting at least a MERV 13, such as the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter gives cleaner air while lowering energy consumption*.

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

Whatever filter you select, you can rest easy knowing they’ve been fully tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Ahead of installing a more powerful filter, reach us at 641-323-1210. Our pros can help you choose the most ideal match for your equipment.

Air Purification

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

These powerful systems can wipe out:

  • 99.9% of allergens, including 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 placed within your comfort system. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, this system may provide welcome 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 system. It may help it run for a longer period of time and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend combining one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest results. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to catch particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting correct humidity in your residence may help keep your family from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can assist with sore throats, dry skin and cracked lips, among added cold weather irritations.

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

You can reach this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit generally works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity throughout your home. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an included fan to move humidity during the time your comfort system isn’t running.

Turn to the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At B & G HVAC, we’re committed to making your residence more relaxing. That’s why we offer Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We want to be considerate about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we visit your home.

To find out more about our air quality equipment, reach us at 641-323-1210 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a pro coming to 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.

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