Bonfe Insider: May 2024

Peace of Mind Starts with Clean Air: Indoor Air Quality Solutions for Your Home

Did you know the average American spends a whopping 90% of their time indoors[1] ?

As homeowners, we strive to create a healthy and comfortable haven for ourselves and our loved ones. However, the air that circulates throughout our homes (and our lungs) can significantly impact our health and well-being.

Unlike the fresh air outdoors, indoor spaces can harbor unseen pollutants that irritate allergies, trigger asthma, and leave us feeling lethargic. Mother Nature has a sophisticated air purification system—wind, rain, and sunlight naturally cleanse the air outdoors. However, indoor environments lack these natural processes, allowing air to become stagnant and pollutants to accumulate, ultimately compromising our indoor air quality, or “IAQ”.

Understanding Air Quality (IAQ)

IAQ simply refers to the cleanliness of the air you breathe inside your home. Think of your Heating & Cooling HVAC system as the lungs of your home, constantly circulating air.

But what about the quality of that air? Traditional air filters within your HVAC system do a good job of capturing dust and larger allergens. However, finer particles like pollen, pet dander, and even some bacteria, mold, and viruses can escape these filters. These microscopic particles can then circulate throughout your home and impact the quality of the air you breathe.

A not-so-fun fact: Airborne pollutants can be as small as 0.3 microns[2] – that’s 3,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair!

These microscopic pollutants can include:

  • Dust mites, pollen, and pet dander: Common allergens that trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
  • Bacteria and viruses: The unseen culprits behind colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses can linger in the air, impacting your health.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Off-gassing from building materials, furniture, and cleaning products can contribute to VOC levels in your home, potentially causing headaches and respiratory irritation.

Here’s the good news: There are indoor air quality solutions that can be installed with your existing HVAC system to help capture particles as small as 0.1 microns.

Enhancing Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Bonfe offers a variety of advanced IAQ solutions that integrate seamlessly with your existing HVAC system. Here are some ways to transform your home into a haven of clean, healthy air:

  • Electronic Air Cleaners: Imagine a microscopic magnet that traps airborne particles. That’s essentially what electronic air cleaners do. They use an electrical charge to capture particles as small as 0.1 microns—significantly smaller than traditional filters can trap. This ensures a cleaner, healthier breathing environment for everyone in your home.
  • UV Light Air Purifiers: Leveraging the power of ultraviolet (UV) light, this technology acts as a germicidal light that disrupts the DNA of airborne microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and mold, rendering them inactive and significantly improving air hygiene.
  • Ionizing Air Purifiers: These devices work by releasing electrically charged particles (ions) into the air. These ions attach to airborne contaminants, making them heavier and easier for your HVAC system’s filter to capture.
  • Whole-Home Humidifiers: Dry air can also irritate respiratory passages. Whole-home humidifiers gently add moisture to your indoor air, creating a more comfortable and potentially health-promoting environment, especially for those suffering from allergies or respiratory illnesses.

Breathe Easy with Customized Solutions or Discounted Packages

We understand that every home’s needs are unique. That’s why we offer the ability to purchase individual IAQ equipment add-ons to target your specific concerns. For a comprehensive approach to clean air, consider our bundled packages that combine multiple solutions at a discounted price!

  • Targeted Solutions: Looking to tackle pet dander? An electronic air cleaner might be the perfect solution. Concerned about winter dryness? A whole-home humidifier can provide relief. Our specialists can help you identify the most effective option for your needs.
  • Discounted Packages: Upgrade your entire home’s air quality with our bundled packages! Choose from 2, 3, or all 4 of our IAQ solutions and enjoy significant savings compared to purchasing them individually.

Who Benefits from Improved IAQ?

While everyone breathes easier with cleaner air, certain individuals are particularly susceptible to the effects of poor IAQ. These include:

  • Allergy and Asthma Sufferers: Reduced allergens mean fewer allergy symptoms and asthma attacks.
  • Children and Elderly: Developing and aging lungs are more susceptible to air pollutants. Improved air quality can make breathing easier and support immune system health.
  • Pet Owners: IAQ solutions can significantly reduce the amount of pet dander and fur that circulates throughout your home.

Invest in Your Health

By prioritizing indoor air quality, you’re making a significant investment in the health and well-being of your entire household. Cleaner air creates a more comfortable and healthier living environment for everyone to enjoy.

Contact Bonfe today to schedule a consultation with one of our Home Comfort Advisors. Our IAQ specialists will assess your needs and recommend the most effective solution for your home. 

Breathe easy. We’ve got you covered.

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[1] American Lung Association: https://www.lung.org/media/press-releases/on-average,-americans-spend-90-of-their-time-indo Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

[2] Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

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