Allergens, like pollen, dust mites, and mold are very high most of the year in our area. Other contaminants like pet dander, VOCs (smells), and chemicals can cause a lot of irritation as well. Unfortunately, most homes are not very well equipped to take care of these issues. The typical air filters that you’ll find at the hardware store let most small contaminants through, restrict the airflow leading to poor system performance, or both. Worse yet are the electronic air cleaners that are almost guaranteed to let everything through but small birds. Add to this the high humidity that we experience in the summer months and also the dryness of the winter and you are set up for a much less healthy and comfortable living space.
PARTICLES- Dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold are the best place to start with cleaning up your air and making your home healthier. Thankfully, with the right type of air filtration, most of these particles are easy to eliminate. To do this, a high quality media filter with at least a MERV 13 rating works well.
The Aprilaire Whole House Air Cleaner is a great example. It captures around 98% of the pollen and works very well on most other particles as well. These systems also include a 10 year clean coil guarantee from the manufacturer. Because they work so well, we include the air cleaners on every new furnace installation whenever possible. Also, they typically only need changed once per year in most homes, making your maintenance much easier. This upgrade can be installed on most existing systems with only moderate modification of your existing ductwork.
VOCs, CHEMICALS, MOLD, VIRUSES and GERMS – With the particles handled, that still leaves all the contaminants in your air that can be a bit nasty. VOCs (volatile organic compounds), chemicals, and some biological contaminants can’t be captured with filters and can really effect the health and comfort of your home. Add to this the issue of COVID and other viruses and it makes solving these issues a much higher priority, particularly for those struggling with an already compromised immune system.
The APCO Whole House Air Purifier is one the best options we’ve found to address all of these issues and has been independently tested and proven. This is a high quality UV air purifier with an activated carbon cell. It is very effective and doesn’t produce ozone like most other UV air purifiers.
The iWave-R Air Ionization System is another great product that can address these issues as well. It operates by ionizing air particles within your home. This can help reduce odors as well as germs and viruses. It also has the benefit of making dust particles easier for your air filter to eliminate.
Is your home dry and full of static in the winter? Sticky or clammy in the summer? Controlling the humidity in your home can make a big difference in your comfort and your health.
LOW HUMIDITY can make us much more susceptible to germs and viruses, as well as making us feel cold in the winter. The only way to combat this is to replace the humidity our houses lose in the winter with a humidifier. Room humidifiers have to constantly be refilled and can be trip hazards. They also can produce large amounts of dust issues due to the minerals in the water.
A whole house humidifier eliminates these issues and can control the humidity in your entire house. With an automatic control, it can eliminate the need for constant adjustments due to weather changes.
HIGH HUMIDITY in the summer can lead to mold growth and that sticky or clammy feeling. Air conditioning systems with a variable speed blower and multiple stages of cooling can significantly increase the humidity removal by up to four times in the summertime. Our more advanced thermostats allow you to optimize your system and control summer time humidity much more effectively.
Another option to eliminate high humidity is a whole house dehumidifier. Standard plug in dehumidifiers have a fairly low capacity and typically only last a couple years before its time to throw them away. Our pro-grade dehumidifiers are able to remove large amounts of humidity and last for years while using much less electricity.
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