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Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality Matters

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has likely shifted your typical schedule 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 critical than ever.

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

Modern homes are firmly sealed, which is good 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 inferior than outdoors. This might cause a problem, since the EPA estimates we spend about 90% of our time inside.

There are a lot of things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, such as 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 conduct an indoor air quality audit. We’ll test several details that affect your air, such as dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the outcome, we can then advise you on the ideal solution for your family’s distinctive needs.

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

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise buying at minimum a MERV 13, for example, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal outcome. This filter delivers cleaner air while reducing energy use*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, since they’re usually in use at in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, including 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 find, which keeps your HVAC unit working smoothly.

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

Air Purification

Lennox® offers some of the greatest air purification units you can buy. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems deliver hospital-grade filtration while handling all kinds of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can eliminate:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added within your HVAC equipment. Its penetrating rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.

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

This light also has an added perk for your heating and cooling system. It can help it last longer and operate more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers recommend installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal outcome. This filter delivers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your house’s air. It completes this without decreasing your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your house may help keep your family in good health in the winter months. It can assist with sore throats, itchy skin and peeling lips, amidst further cold weather annoyances.

If you don’t know what your residence’s humidity level is, we’ll determine it during your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros usually advise keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this ideal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system usually accompanies your furnace or air handler to give optimum humidity around your house. Some equipment, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use a built-in fan to move humidity when your comfort equipment isn’t operating.

Rely on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

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

We’re also more than just your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we visit your house.

To find out more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 575-446-3948 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you might have with a professional 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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