Why Your Houses Indoor Air Quality is Important

March 25, 2020

The international transmission of COVID-19 has likely turned your daily calendar into a jumble.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your residence is your safe area. You’re probably spending a lot more time there nowadays. As a result, your indoor air quality is now more critical than ever.

Did you realize we can install indoor air quality products in your residence that provide hospital-grade filtration? These options can remove bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Up-to-date residences are tightly airtight, which is fantastic for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air can be more contaminated than the air outside. In reality, the says it can be two to five times poorer than outdoors. This can cause a problem, since the estimates we spend about 90% of our lifetime indoors.

There are many of things that can contribute to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These could create headaches and irritate allergies and asthma.

There are several things you can do to better your air quality. Some solutions include upgraded air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Not certain which system is a good fit for your residence? Our expert technicians can perform an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several details that affect your air, including dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based upon the results, we can then suggest the most fitting choice for your family’s unique needs.

Keep on reading to discover more about the air quality products we provide.

 

Air Filtration

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

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

We advise buying at minimum a MERV 13, like the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while reducing energy use*.

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

Regardless of whatever filter you choose, you can feel good knowing they’ve been thoroughly examined. They have the lowest airflow restriction in the industry, which keeps your HVAC equipment running smoothly.

In advance of buying an enhanced filter, reach us at 530-885-8081. Our experts can help you select the most ideal solution for your unit.

Air Purification

Lennox® provides some of the most advanced air purification equipment you can get. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems provide hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

This powerful equipment can take care of:

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

UV Germicidal Lights

A UV germicidal light is added inside your HVAC equipment. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this system can give much-desired relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot area where bacteria and mold thrive.

This light also provides an added bonus for your HVAC system. It can help it work longer and heat and cool more efficiently, because it keeps the internal pieces clean.

Our air quality engineers advise combining one of these lights with an enhanced filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter provides industry-leading MERV 16 filtration plus carbon-coated fibers to remove particles from your house’s air. It fulfills this without restricting your comfort equipment’s airflow.

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Getting even humidity in your house might help keep your loved ones in good health when it’s chilly. It can aid sore throats, itchy skin and cracked lips, in addition to further cold weather annoyances.

If you aren’t sure of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range changes based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC pros generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can reach this optimal range with a whole-home humidifier. This system typically accompanies your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an incorporated fan to move humidity during the time your HVAC unit isn’t on.

Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

At Forster Heating, we’re committed to making your residence comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most complete solution you can buy.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling partner. We’re concerned about the health of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking additional precautions when we come to your house.

To discover more about our air quality solution, give us a call at 530-885-8081 or contact us online. Our knowledgeable staff can also address any apprehension you could have with a pro coming to your residence at this time.

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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.