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Why Your Homes Indoor Air Quality is Significant

The global growth of COVID-19 has likely flipped your regular schedule upside down.

In uncertain times, you can take comfort in knowing your home is your safe area. You’re likely spending lots more time there today. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more crucial than ever.

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

Modern houses are firmly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your indoor air may be more polluted than the air outside. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This might be troublesome, since the EPA has calculated we spend about 90% of our days inside.

There are lots of factors that can cause poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These might result in headaches and exasperate allergies and asthma.

There are a few things you can do to better your air quality. Some possibilities include improved air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.

Unsure which solution is right for your residence? Our knowledgeable techs can do an indoor air quality audit. We’ll assess several areas that impact your air, like dust levels, VOCs and ventilation. Based off of our findings, we can then suggest the best option for your family’s distinct needs.

Continue reading to learn more about the air quality products we sell.

Air Filtration

When browsing air filters, it’s important to review the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This gauges how effectively it filters contaminants.

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

We suggest installing no less than a MERV 13, for instance, the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the best results. This filter provides fresher air while limiting energy consumption*.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are regarded as the best in air filtration, because they’re frequently installed in hospitals. They’re effective at trapping 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Whichever filter you choose, you can take comfort in knowing they’ve been comprehensively tested. They have the lowest airflow restriction you can find, which keeps your HVAC system operating smoothly.

Before getting a more powerful filter, contact us at 530-885-8081. Our professionals can help you find the most ideal option 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 offer hospital-grade filtration while taking care of all types of indoor air contaminants.

These powerful units can take care of:

  • 99.9% of allergens, like 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 placed on the inside of your comfort unit. Its strong rays wipe out bacteria and mold within seconds.

If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit could provide welcome relief. Especially if you are in a humid climate where bacteria and mold flourish.

This light also provides an added advantage for your heating and cooling equipment. It could help it run for a longer period of time and run more efficiently, as it keeps the internal pieces clean.

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

Whole-Home Humidifiers

Acquiring balanced humidity in your residence may help keep your household in good health in the winter months. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, in addition to added cold weather bothers.

If you aren’t aware of what your home’s humidity range is, we’ll determine it while we perform your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based off of outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals generally recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.

You can achieve this optimal range by installing a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually works with your furnace or air handler to provide optimum humidity throughout your residence. Some models, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, use an incorporated fan to circulate humidity during the time your HVAC system isn’t operating.

Depend on the Professionals for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

At Forster Heating, we’re dedicated to making your home comfier. That’s why we provide Lennox® air quality options, which are the most exhaustive solution on the market.

We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling associate. We’re concerned about the well-being of you and your family. That’s why we’re taking extra precautions when we come to your residence.

To find out more about our air quality solution, reach us at 530-885-8081 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also address any concerns you can have with a tech arriving at your home 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.

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