Here's What You're Breathing
The average person breathes 3,400 gallons of air each day. Unfortunately, air isn’t all you’re inhaling. Mold spores, pollen, bacteria, dust and other particles exist in virtually all indoor air.
Since homes are built increasingly airtight to conserve energy, harmful pollutants and dry, stale air can be trapped inside with nowhere to escape. The result can be degraded indoor air quality.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a home can be 2-5 times more polluted than air outside. However, as a homeowner, there is a lot you can do to improve the air your family breathes.
Clean the air in your entire home with these products installed by Vertex Mechanical:
Trane Clean Effects Clean Air System
Take action and start cleaning your air. Trane CleanEffects™ is the world's most effective whole-house air filtration system. It’s capable of removing up to 99.98% of particles and allergens from filtered air to help your family breathe cleaner, healthier air.
The standard air cleaners on the market have filters that are very dense. Meaning they try to stop the dust by trapping it in a slightly porous filter. The fewer the pores the more dust it can trap. However, this not only stops the dust and dirt, but it also stops the air from moving as well. In other words, the amount of air that goes through your system is reduced so you may not be as comfortable. Less air is cleaned efficiently. This is called pressure drop. The revolutionary Trane CleanEffects air filtration system has the lowest pressure drop with the highest efficiency possible. Our unique patented technology is designed to let air flow freely through the most advanced filtration system available. The result, more of your air is cleaned faster and more effectively than anything else on the market.
Trane CleanEffects utilizes patented, breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1" filter. What's more, Trane CleanEffects has been performance-tested by LMS Technologies and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), with the results verified by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health, so you know you're getting an air filtration system like no other.
LMS Technologies is a technology consulting company that specializes in air flow measurement, filtration testing and particle analysis. Environmental Health & Engineering is an environmental consulting and engineering services company that is dedicated to ensuring safe and productive environments, and is co-founded by John D. Spengler, PhD of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard.
Honeywell Whole House Air Cleaners
When a Honeywell Whole-House Air Cleaner is installed by Vertex Mechanical into your home’s central heating and cooling system, it traps and filters 98% of pollutants passing through the duct system. This will also keep dust and dirt from building up on your equipment which means your heating and cooling system will run better (requiring less maintanence) and have a longer operating lifecycle.
The Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner works by placing an electric charge on airborne particles and then collecting the charged pollutants like a magnet. You can say goodbye to monthly filter replacements by simply washing the air cleaner cells in your dishwasher or sink.
A standard 1-inch furnace filter offers only limited capture of airborne particles and pollutants compared to the deep-pleated media filter found in a Honeywell Media Air Cleaner.
Honeywell Media and Electronic Air Cleaners are easy-to-use, whole-house filtration solutions that trap up to 60 times more airborne particles than a standard 1-inch filter.
Over time, the purchase of a Honeywell Whole-House Cleaner can pay for itself compared to the monthly purchase of of 1-inch filter. Plus, you’re sure to notice a difference in the quality of air in your home.
What Is "Indoor Air Pollution"?
Scientific evidence indicates the air within homes and other buildings can be two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air, and in some cases 1,000 times more polluted. Today people are spending nearly 90% of their time indoors, a great increase as opposed to twenty years ago. Thus, the "dose" (i.e. the concentration of pollutants multiplied by the time in that environment) is typically greater than outdoors. This results in a greater health risk due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.
Are Some Individuals At Greater Risk To Indoor Air Pollution Than Others?
Yes, individuals who spend the longest periods of time indoors are often those most susceptible to the adverse effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include babies, the elderly, the infirmed or bedridden and those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?
Two main items:
- Pollutant sources: building materials and furnishings; biologicals; products for household cleaning, personal care or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; pesticides; oil, gas, kerosene, or wood combustion sources.
- Poor ventilation: If too little outdoor air enters a building, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and discomfort problems. Indoor air quality began to decline in the 1970’s after the “energy crisis” prompted the building of “tight” houses and office buildings. Spaces around doors and windows where outside air might previously have leaked through are now often sealed by caulking and weather-stripping. The introduction of fresh “makeup” air through air handling systems many times is reduced or even eliminated to save the cost of the energy to heat or cool this fresh air. Indoor air pollutants can not easily escape these tightly constructed buildings.
How Does Indoor Air Pollution Affect Your Health?
Health effects can include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue and allergy-type symptoms. Usually these symptoms are short term and disappear when the person is away from the source. More serious symptoms such as asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever can also affect some individuals after exposure to certain indoor air pollutants.
What Can Help My Allergy Symptoms In My Home?
Better filtration, humidification, ultra violet lights and duct cleaning.
What Is The Advantage Of Applying A Humidifier To My Heating System?
The humidifier keeps the RH (relative humidity) at the proper levels in your home. You feel more comfortable and it keeps wood, furniture and other items from drying out in the winter heating season.