How Viruses Spread and Why Air Purifiers Can Help

What Air Filtration Systems Can Do To Reduce Virus Particles

Most viruses spread via person-to-person contact, and most often through the air (coughs, sneezes, etc.), according to the CDC. Water vapor attached to the virus particles are carried in small droplets that move in a fine mist. The main symptom of most respiratory viruses is coughing, which just further adds to the chances that the air could be contaminated with virus particles.

One of the main reliable ways to remove these virus particles from the air is to circulate all of the air in a room or enclosed space, and to do this multiple times per hour. This increases the likelihood that a filter can catch the virus particles and remove them from the total volume of the air.

Air Filtration Is Just One Part of Prevention

Air purifiers aren’t the only preventive measure you can take to lower the chances of catching a virus. Keeping distance from someone thought to have a virus is necessary to lower the chances of breathing in virus particles. Also, keeping your hands clean and surfaces clean is an important part of keeping yourself safe from catching a virus. Taking one, or more of these preventive measures can drastically decrease your chances of catching an airborne virus.

Official Preventative Guidelines Given By The CDC

According to the CDC, here are the top seven ways to protect yourself from viruses every day:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you are interested in installing an Air Purifier in your home, please contact us on our website or give us a call.

The Benefits of Managing Your Home’s Air Quality

how is the air quality in your home

Would you say that you take your home’s air quality seriously enough?  With so much on your plate it’s easy to neglect or flat out forget to take care of your home’s air quality.  Traces of particle allergens, chemical pollutants, mold, harmful bacteria, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide can be lingering in your home.  It’s actually not very difficult to take the proper steps to ensure that the air quality in your home is both clean and safe for you and your family.  We’ll show you the downside of not monitoring your home’s air quality and the benefits of being proactive with your air quality.  We’ll also show you what you can do in order to make sure the air in your home is as comfortable, healthy, and safe as it it can be.

Poor Air Quality Increases Your Chance of Allergies

A major source of what causes allergies stems from dust and pollen in the air.  Studies show that the effects of dust and pollen are even more prominent in children.  It’s especially important that children four and under breathe clean air.  They have the highest chance of developing asthma because of harmful air pollutants.

Poor Air Quality Can Increase the Chance of Spreading Poisonous Mold in Your Home

If mold is found in the air, it can cause serious illness and even fatalities in some cases.  If ignored, the problem only gets worse and continue to spread.  Being proactive in monitoring and managing your home’s air quality helps to reduce the chances of mold repopulating.

Poor Air Quality Can Cause Expensive Problems

Issues due to poor air quality can become costly over time.  Excess pollen and dust means your HVAC system filters tend to need to be replaced more often.  In some instances, clogged filters made worse by poor air quality can force your HVAC system to overwork because of the dust, which can mean that its lifespan is reduced drastically.

A Solution…?

You may be wondering what you can do to monitor and prevent any of these problem from occurring due to lackluster air quality.  The first step is to get an air quality test.  We recommend an AirAdvice Indoor Air Quality Home Test.  These tests check for and detail any problems your home might have with humidity, heating/cooling, carbon dioxide levels, carbon monoxide, etc.  They only take around 30 minutes and are well worth the price, which is typically very reasonable (~$199).  The report you receive from the test will detail the health, comfort, and safety levels in your home, and provide solutions to improve your environment.  You can always contact us to get tested – Our number is (812) 858-4000 or schedule an appointment here.

 

How UV-C Lamps Purify Air and Save Money

This month, we’re running a special on UV-C Lamps—both Bryant UV-C Lamps and other brands! We’ve found that many of our customers aren’t aware of the major benefits of using these lamps in your house, so we thought we’d write a quick blog post to explain the most major benefits!

Sterilized Coil Surfaces

We know, we know. This sounds super technical!

While it’s hard to think about the tangible benefits of having sterilized coil surfaces in your A/C unit, you should trust that this makes a HUGE difference in your day-to-day health.

Why?

Because the coils in your unit are notorious for accumulating mold, dust, and other bio-contaminants. If you’re not regularly cleaning your coils, you’re likely allowing the germs and allergens from that accumulation to be blown throughout your home. Keeping a UV-C lamp in your system is the easiest and lowest-maintenance way to keep those coils clean!

Maximize Efficiency

While your lungs and your allergies will be thankful that the UV-C lamp is keeping those coils clean, your wallet will thank you for the increased efficiency you’ll also see!

It’s simple. A clean coil is a highly functioning coil! And a unit that is clean and functioning at its best will always save you money.

It’s Simple

Adding one of these lamps to your unit is simple—our experts do it all the time! And, even better, they’re affordable! This month, we’re offering $25 off when you buy one from us.

So, what’s stopping you?

Go ahead and give us a call so that we can bring you a new, affordable UV-C lamp on our next maintenance visit!

How We Use Cold Plasma to Blast Germs in Your Home

You may know that air conditioners work to purify the air in your home—it’s one of the most important features of a comfortable, air conditioned home! What you may not know is that, however frequently you change your air filters and scrub the counters and floors, germs and allergens run rampant in your home.

That’s why we recommend to our customers that they consider installing a Global Plasma Solutions Air Purification System in their home. If it sounds fancy, that’s because it is! It’s highly advanced technology that comes at a surprisingly affordable price point. Read on to learn exactly how these units use cold plasma to zap germs, allergens, odors, and bacteria in your home.

It’s all about ions.

Ions are found naturally in Earth’s atmosphere. The GPS patented technology produces the same levels of ions that are usually found around waterfalls, the beach, or high in the mountains and releases them in order to recreate those levels of odor and bacteria control in your home! So, basically, life’s a beach!

The result of this ion release is better control of allergens, incredible odor elimination, and the destruction of pathogens. When we say pathogens, we mean virus, bacteria, and mold! When the ions combine on the surface of a pathogen, they rob the pathogen of the hydrogen necessary for them to survive. The result is an inactive pathogen—meaning a pathogen that cannot latch on to you, your kids, or your visitors!

Yes, it’s affordable.

While there is a cost up-front, the GPS technology is much more affordable than its competitors, mainly because it does not require that you regularly replace parts or pay for frequent maintenance. Not to mention the medical bills and allergy prescriptions that you’ll be saving money on!

It was important to our team at BNG Heating & Cooling that we find a product that would have incredible benefits to our customers while maintaining a low price point. With the GPS Air Purification System, we’ve done just that! Go ahead and give us a call so that we can bring a crew in to find out if your home is a good fit for one of these systems.

How To: Keep Pollen Out of Your House

Raise your hand if spring allergies are your biggest enemy right now! 🙋🏽

You’re in good company! With last year’s allergy seasons being one of our worst, we’re all a little more weary of the threat of all this pollen infiltrating our homes. As you know, we at BNG Heating & Cooling are passionate about keeping your home comfortable! Here’s what we recommend to our customers who struggle with both indoor and outdoor allergies:

Give your house a deep clean.

There’s nothing better than starting with a clean slate. If you already have dust, pet hair, and dirt filling your house, you’re only spreading it around when your ventilation system circulates air. Do your best to deep clean or hire a professional to rid your home of these big offenders, and you’re already well on your way to a sniffle-free home.

Make sure you’ve changed your air filters.

What good will a clean home do if your filters are full of dust and dirt?! If you’ve given your house a deep clean but forgot to change your air filters, you can bet that there will be a layer of dust on all your shiny surfaces within a week. It’s even more important to change your filters before pollen fills the air because, if you don’t, you’re putting yourself at risk of breathing in pollen-filled air all day and throughout the night.

Schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment.

When you’re on one of our maintenance plans, an experienced technician is able to regularly check your system to make sure that it is a) running properly and that it is b) conditioning your air properly. We’re also able to assess whether you should invest in a more heavy-duty air purifier. It’s true that we often go “noseblind” to the smells in our house, and the same goes for how we become accustomed to the thick and muggy air in our house. It’s a really smart move to have a professional come in and asses your situation on a regular basis.

If you’re ready to make your home comfort, energy efficiency, and air purification a priority, then it’s time to give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our technicians to your house today!

How To Purify the Air in Your Home

Is your home prone to dust? Do you have pets?

Even without these two indoor air pollution culprits, your home is still hosting allergens and chemicals that can negatively impact your health.

The great news is that BNG has been dedicated to creating comfortable, clean, and healthy home environments for 71 years – so we have a few tricks up our sleeves. Here are our best tips:

Air filters.

This should be a no-brainer but, sadly, many homeowners neglect their air filters and thus allow dusty, moldy air to be filtered through their homes. But even beyond regularly changing your air filters, you’d be surprised by how much more effective and long-lasting your air filters can be when you choose the right one for your home.

At BNG, we recommend changing your air filters at least once every three months. And, when we’re the ones setting up your system, we’ll provide you with the filters that are properly installed and that work best for you.   

Invest in clean air.

BNG offers Global Plasma Solutions and APCO whole-house air purification products because we have experienced, for ourselves, the incredible difference they can make in our daily lives. These products control odor, dust, mold, bacteria, and even germs. Once you’ve experienced life with these heavy-duty air purifiers, you’ll regret ever allowing yourself to breathe in air that is so full of dangerous substances.

Fight pollution with nature!

As a supplement to the more effective solutions in #1 and #2, you can also use nature to fight indoor air pollution. This list of plants has been proven to attack the substances that pollute the air in our homes – not to mention they add a little natural beauty to your interior design!

Are you excited about clean indoor air yet? We are!


Call us for an expert consultation, and we’ll help you find the best air filters or purification systems for your home BEFORE serious spring allergens sneak in.

Preparing Your Home for Spring Allergies

Sneezing? Scratchy throat? Watery eyes? You’re not alone! Allergies affect more than 20 percent of Americans. Medications can help relieve allergy symptoms, but removing irritants from your home is a much more effective way to stop your stuffy nose, headache, itchy eyes, and shortness of breathe.

The first place to start is the allergist! There’s no point in making changes at home without knowing your particular allergies. Who knows, you might be allergic to cats and keeping your windows closed! Once you know what you are allergic to, then you’ll be able to identify preventative measures.

Once you’ve established what causes your allergies, work your way through the house eliminating specific allergens, starting with your bedroom. If dust is one of your problems, cover your mattress and pillows with zip-on dust mite covers. You spend so much of your day in bed, it’s the natural place to start!

Avoid trekking in trouble by placing two doormats at each entryway – one outside, one inside – to keep outdoor irritants from finding their way inside. Or, have your family and guests remove their shoes when they enter, so they don’t spread allergens around.

Another great way to diminish your spring allergy symptoms is to zap them from the air! Global Plasma Solutions, a pioneer in plasma technology (and available at BNG!), reduces airborne particles and kills viruses, bacteria and mold! The positive and negative ions generated in the HVAC system flow free into the occupied space through the forced air system. Once the GPS system works its magic, people with allergies have reported a reduction in symptoms and many have reported a reduction in required medication or no medication at all!

What measures are you currently taking to control your allergies? If you’re continuing to suffer, call BNG for an air quality analysis to see how we can help you keep allergens out of your home.

Clean Your Air, Naturally

We tend to think of air pollution as something outside – smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summertime. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside, including pollution by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, and from chemicals contained in fragrances.

Indoor allergens and irritants have become more important in recent decades because we’re spending more time indoors, and because modern homes are airtight, these irritants can’t easily escape.

Science has known for ages that plants literally help you breathe better by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing clean oxygen. But, according to the study by NASA, certain plants are better at eliminating significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene than others.

According to the study, the top workhorse plants for air purification are:

Green plants can help clean air

  • Golden Pothos
  • Peace Lily
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • English Ivy
  • Dracaena
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Dragon Tree
  • Lady Palm
  • Spider Plant

It’s suggested that you have at least one plant per 100 square feet of home for efficient air cleaning to be accomplished.

While these natural remedies can help you breathe a little easier all year long, a well-maintenanced and properly running heating and cooling system is the first step towards improving your indoor air quality. Choosing the proper air filter with one of BNG’s certified air technicians will trap airborne irritants, and keep your air ducts cleaner over time. To find out how your system could better serve you, contact us today!