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Why Your Residences Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical calendar upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe retreat. You’re probably spending a lot more time there now. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern homes are securely sealed, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air may be more polluted than the air outside. In actuality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time in a building.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might lead to headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There’s a combination of steps you can take to enhance your air quality. Some solutions include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not sure which option is best for your home? Our knowledgeable techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon our findings, we can then suggest the most fitting solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

Continue 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 measures how effectively it filters air.

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

We suggest buying no less than a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while limiting energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the benchmark in air filtration, since they’re typically installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whatever filter you select, you can feel good knowing they’ve been comprehensively examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system working smoothly.

Before installing a more powerful filter, give us a call at 575-446-3948. Our pros can help you choose the right match for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories 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, like ones that contribute to strep throat
  • 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is placed within your HVAC unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this equipment may provide much-needed relief. Especially if you reside in a humid area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an extra perk for your heating and cooling system. It might help it last longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal parts clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend using one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for the greatest effect. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration combined with carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without limiting your comfort unit’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting balanced humidity in your house can help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to added cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros typically suggest keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can accomplish this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to give the right level of humidity across your residence. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, contain a built-in fan to move humidity when your comfort unit isn’t on.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

At Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we’re passionate about making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can get.

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling support. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your loved ones. That’s why our technicians are taking more precautions when we visit your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 575-446-3948 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a technician coming to your residence 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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