Residential HVAC Indoor Air Quality – The Facts
- We spend about 90% of our lives indoors (tragic in this gorgeous Orange County climate, but true!)
- Indoor air (residential home, school, office) is often more polluted than the air outside!
- Proper ventilation and filtration through your HVAC system can help your home’s “health” as well as yours, by mitigating carbon monoxide, odors and volatile chemicals, allergens and other toxins.
Air Quality in the Home
We consider our homes to be our safe havens and most of us live blissfully unaware of the invisible dangers lurking there that could or do compromise our health every day. The truth is, recent scientific research conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Harvard School of Public Health indicates that indoor air pollution can be as much as 5 times higher than outdoors!
Furniture and flooring paints, stains and flame retardants, pet dander, cleaning products, mold, bacteria, viruses, pollen, rodents, roaches, dust mites, carbon monoxide, radon, smoke, formaldehyde, asbestos, and pesticides all pose potential health threats including allergies, asthma, cognitive function issues, and illness. Warmer temperatures and high indoor humidity can also compound the effects of these contaminants on your home’s air quality.
Children, elderly family members or those with chronic illness are at even greater risk.
We may not be able to eliminate all potential pollutants, but we can substantially improve your indoor air quality by retrofitting your HVAC and ducting systems with a few simple, affordable IAQ (indoor air quality) additions:
Air Purifiers – Recirculate and Filter Indoor Air as Many as 8 Times Per Hour
If clean air matters to you, an air purifier may be just what you’re looking for. From the high end Infinity Series to the budget conscious Performance Series designed to fit narrower installation spaces, Carrier’s award winning Captures and Kills™ technology is designed to recirculate indoor air as many as
8 times per hour to continuously filter out pollutants, allergens and pathogens in your home and leave you with cleaner, healthier air.
Germicidal UV Lamps – Kill the Baddies, Improve Air Flow
Designed to kill organisms (see image opposite) that thrive in the dampness of your residential cooling system’s indoor coil, UV lamps mean lights out for bacteria and mold!
Eliminating these baddies not only improves your air quality, it also increases your system performance as well by preventing mold buildup that can reduce airflow by as much as 9%. Compared to the fuss and expense of coil cleaning, simply replacing your UV lamps once a year is a bright idea!
Energy Recovery Ventilators – Exchanging Energy Preconditions Incoming Air
When the summer days are hot and humid, ventilators are an ingenious way to quietly replace stale indoor air with fresh outside air, which helps keep your system efficient. Using uniquely designed paper cores, Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) also reduces humidity from the air before it enters your home.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers – Managing Humidity for Comfort and Health
Managing indoor humidity is important to creating a comfortable, healthy indoor environment. Too much humidity can encourage mold growth and create a cozy home for dust mites and other pests to thrive and result in higher utility bills when you lower your temp to counter it.
When/if the climate is drier, fan-powered humidifiers are engineered to quietly blow moisture directly into your ductwork and spread comforting humidity throughout your home.
Maintenance is a breeze with an easy-to-change water panel, and if your system uses either the Infinity® control or the Edge® thermostat, you can even set automatic reminders for when the panel needs replacing.
Clear The Air in Your Home – Orange County Residential HVAC!
AC Cool is your residential indoor air quality expert in Orange County and your Factory Authorized Dealer for Carrier IAQ (indoor air quality), HVAC heating and cooling equipment. Call our expert staff today (800) 940 7821 and clear the air in your home!