The quality of your air at home is important. Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Improving your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) can increase comfort, health, and peace of mind. Today’s “airtight” home construction and indoor environment can cause pollutants (pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust, and more) to be more prevalent. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be easily two to five times higher than outdoor air.
One of our responsibilities as an Air Conditioning service provider is to keep you and your family informed of products that save you money and keep you comfortable, or both. Many homeowners and residents do not realize that they have the option of making their air conditioning system more efficient or improve their indoor air quality through system enhancements. Some very effective options are:
For better efficiency...
- Programmable Thermostats – A programmable thermostat is a thermostat which is designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day.
- WiFi Thermostats – A Wi-Fi thermostat connects to your home's wireless Internet service and lets you remotely view conditions and change the temperature in your home from an app on your smartphone or tablet.
For Indoor Air Quality...
- Ultra Violet Air Treatment Systems - The Ultra Violet Air Treatment System is an excellent method of reducing indoor air pollution. The unit mounts in the ductwork of your heating and air conditioning system or on your air system’s indoor cooling coil. It continuously emits germicidal ultraviolet energy (UV-C), killing a high percentage of airborne bacteria passing by the light before it re-circulates, and it eliminates most surface mold that could thrive on your cooling coil.
- Electronic Air Cleaners – As air passes through your heating and cooling system, the electronic air cleaner traps large particles (such as dust and dander) in a pre-filter. Then, electrically charged filters attract and trap smaller particles (such as bacteria and mold) to prevent them from recirculating through your home.
- High Efficiency Media Air Filters – You want the cleanest air possible for your home, but improving your indoor air quality isn’t as simple as installing the most efficient air filter you can find. The choice of low- vs. high-efficiency air filters depends on your home situation and your heating and cooling system design. High-efficiency filters can trap particles like bacteria and viruses. Two inch to five inch thick versions of these filters fit in box-like housings mounted onto the air handler and can last up to one year. The more efficient a filter, the greater the density of its media. A dense filter slows down air moving through it, forcing the fan motor to work harder to maintain optimal airflow. Filters above MERV 13 are too dense for many residential systems. These are likely to strain the motor and cause early failure, unless modifications are made to the equipment. The industry standard for measuring the effectiveness of air filters is called the MERV scale however, there are two other scales commonly used.