Many studies have shown that as homes become tighter and more energy efficient, more contaminants can become trapped inside, which is why air cleaners are continually being looked at for home improvement. The air in our homes can be full of indoor pollutants, including:
- Animal Dander and Hair
- Dust Mites
- Tobacco Smoke
The typical throwaway furnace filter only traps about 5 – 15% of these polluting particles. The indoor air quality of your Northern Illinois home directly affects both your comfort and health. We offer a variety of indoor air quality products designed to improve the health of you and your family. We also offer duct cleaning services that improve the air quality in your home.
Indoor Air Quality Systems Designed with Optimum Efficiency – Air Cleaners
When used properly some or all of these indoor air quality products can help reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies and other airborne illnesses.
Using the same process as natural sunlight, UV disinfection combats harmful bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi and other microscopic living organisms, common in much indoor ductwork. This same indoor air quality process has been utilized in sanitary hospital rooms for many years. When coupled with an electronic air cleaner or high efficient air filter, these ultraviolet lamps can make your Northern Illinois home much safer to breathe in!
What are the Benefits of U.V.?
According to the E.P.A., the air we breathe in our homes is worse than the air we breathe outside. Everyone likes to think that their home is their refuge for many different reasons. But in reality, almost everything within the home is made from chemicals and various synthetics. From kitchen counters to carpeting, all these products have “off-gassing”, which is the release of chemicals from almost everything within the house.
Most people are familiar with the function of air cleaners which basically remove airborne particulates. But most people are not aware of the benefits of U.V. (ultraviolet). Many municipalities treat drinking water with U.V. and most hot tubs use them for maintaining cleaner and safer water. It makes a lot of sense to incorporate this technology into our home to improve indoor air quality.
When the A/C unit is running, there is always water in the drain pan. This is an area ripe for the growth of mold and bacteria. U.V. is the only thing that can kill living organisms. Everyone can benefit from a U.V. especially if you are suffering from respiratory problems or autoimmune disorders.
The benefits of U.V. are:
- Destroys bacteria
- Destroys mold and mildew
- Destroys viruses
- Destroys pollen spores
- Reduces odors from pets, smoke, cooking, etc.
- Eliminates musty and damp smells.
Air to air heat exchangers
Often called HRV’s (Heat Recovery Ventilators) or ERV’s (Energy Recovery Ventilators), these indoor air quality devices bring in fresh, outdoor air without sacrificing comfort. They have a heat exchanger that transfers the energy, and in some cases, humidity from the outgoing, stale air to the incoming fresh air. They can be run on a timer, thermostat, or for the ultimate in comfort, the Carrier Infinity control.
Electronic air cleaners
The best in whole house air filtration. These indoor air quality units can remove smoke particles, allergens, household dust, even viruses, and bacteria. Sizes and prices vary for each electronic air cleaner unit.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance)
Filters are up to 99.8% effective in removing indoor airborne particles, but cannot be used as the only filter in a ducted system as they are too restrictive. HEPA filters can be added as a bypass-type filter.
Media Air Filters
Use disposable filters between MERV 8 and MERV 16. MERV is the industry’s acronym for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. A higher MERV offers more effective indoor air filtration but can slow air flow down too much for certain systems. Media air filters trap indoor air particles as small as .3 microns. By effectively removing bacteria, pollen, plant spores, some viruses, smoke, animal dander, lint and dust from the air, the quality of indoor air is vastly improved. Media air filters far outperform the standard throw away filters, which are commonly found in heating and cooling equipment. These indoor air filters usually last 6 months to 1 year and are very easy to service.
Ask Adam – Indoor Air Quality