On average, Americans spend nearly 90% of their time indoors. This statistic seems high until we think about the many places we go on a given day – home, school, work, grocery stores, banks, movie theaters, restaurants – to contribute to our society.
However, the coronavirus outbreak has significantly decreased most of the face-to-face interactions, connections, and transactions we make in our communities. Now, people all over the globe are staying home and connecting online to flatten the curve.
Staying home is certainly the safest action to take at this time. However, if our homes have poor indoor air quality, we can still be exposed to pathogens like dust, mold, dander, bacteria, and viruses that can wreak havoc on our health. Other pollutants, like cleaning supplies, aerosols, smoke, and paints that we introduce to our environment, also diminish the quality of air we inhale.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, concentrations of air pollutants in your home can be 2-5 times higher than outdoors. This is largely due to the air-tight construction of modern housing, which is good for lowering energy bills, but not necessarily for your health when harmful microscopic particles are circulating through your heating and cooling system.
To ensure your family breathes healthy air while spending more time at home, consider installing an air purification system to your existing forced-air equipment. Although these systems already have air filters, air purifiers go above and beyond to filter out smaller particles, kill germs, or maintain humidity levels, depending on the system.
Keep reading to learn more about the products we offer at Bears Home Solutions and the steps we’re taking to safely install these products in your home during COVID-19.
Every air purification system operates differently to clean the air in your home. At Bears Home Solutions, we install the following air purifiers:
1. Whole-House High-Efficiency Air Cleaners
Whole-house high-efficiency air cleaners are basic air purifiers that use electronic polarized-media technology to trap and remove airborne particles like dust, dirt, smoke, hair, and pet dander from your air space.
2. Germicidal UVC Lamps
In addition to trapping particles, germicidal UVC lamps go a step further to harness the energy of the sun’s UVC rays to kill viruses, bacteria, mold, pollen, and dust mites circulating in your home.
3. Oxidizing UVC Systems
Oxidizing UVC systems trap particles, control biologicals, and filter hazardous gases for complete indoor air protection and odor elimination in your home. This system uses UVC technology and photochemical reactions to remove chemicals, pesticides, cleaning solvents, formaldehyde, and other toxins that your family could inhale.
4. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, is another important aspect of indoor air quality. Low humidity dries out your skin and the mucus in your eyes, nose, and throat, which increases your risk of contracting the flu or other viruses. High humidity creates a ripe environment for mold and mildew growth. Whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers help maintain balanced moisture levels (35-45%) in your home by adding moisture to the air if the humidity level dips below the ideal percentage, or removing it from the air if the percentage gets too high.
5. Air Exchangers
As the name suggests, air exchangers are mechanical ventilation systems that work with your existing heating and cooling equipment to circulate stale, polluted air out of your home and replace it with fresh air from outdoors.
During this challenging time, our priority is the safety and well-being of our customers, their homes, and our employees. We continue to provide our essential services while strictly adhering to the World Health Organization, CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response, and local government guidelines.
At every appointment, our team takes all necessary precautions to keep your home safe by wearing personal protective gear and shoe coverings. We also utilize paperless documents and convenient payment options to follow social distancing procedures.
Most air purification systems can be installed by one technician in 1-4 hours, depending on the system and size of your home. An additional technician may be necessary to complete the installation in a timely manner.
To learn which air purifier is right for your home or to set up a free estimate, contact us today!