Indoor Air Quality
Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Threaten Your Health
Most people spend over 90% of their time indoors, not knowing that the air they are breathing may be more polluted than the air outside. The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that indoor air pollution levels can be 100 times higher than the air outdoors.
Breathing contaminated air puts the health of you and your family at risk. In fact, the American College of Allergist says that 50% of illnesses are caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. So take control of your indoor air quality by reducing pollutants that can contribute to headache, lung irritation and fatigue as well as more long-term conditions such as asthma, allergies and infectious diseases.
Fact – Indoor air Pollution Is A Serious Problem
Did you know that Indoor air pollution has been described by the EPA and Congress as America’s #1 environmental health problem? The EPA also reports that indoor air can be up to one hundred times more polluted than the air outside. One hundred times! Air pollutants and poor indoor air quality can cause allergies, sick building syndrome, bacterial infections, and spread viruses to name a few.
Indoor Air Quality Facts
- People spend 75-90% of their time indoors.
- Exposure to airborne contamination is considerable.
- 50% of all major office buildings have contaminated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC). If not properly maintained, they are a hotbed for growth of molds and bacteria.
- Each person inhales over 3,500 gallons of air each day. Children inhale more particles for their size then adolescents or adults.
- Polluted air causes 94% of all respiratory problems.
- More than 31 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, about 1/3 are children under 18.
- About 40,000 dust mites, a common household allergen, can live in one ounce of dust.
- An estimated 10-15% of the entire population may be allergic to cat or dog dander.
- A person sheds up to 700,000 skin flakes per day.
For nearly 130 years, we’ve been pioneers in developing heating and cooling systems that have provided families like yours with consistent, quality comfort. Today, we can improve your home comfort even more with an innovation that takes clean and comfortable air to a whole new level.
The Honeywell Whole-House Media Air Cleaner is up to 85% more efficient at capturing both microscopic particles like dust and smoke in addition to larger contaminants such as mold spores and pet dander. This highly effective air cleaner also requires minimal maintenance. Basically, once you install the filter you only need to replace it every 6-12 months. That’s four times longer than a standard one-inch furnace filter.
Wifi thermostats can manage your energy use, adjust temperature and humidity levels, turn on and off lights, lock and unlock doors and check your security cameras. All of this can be managed remotely through computers, tablets and most smartphones. So, they really are more than just thermostats. They’re the central hub for your home.
Non-wifi thermostats can also help you get simple, precise temperature control with both programmable and non-programmable traditional thermostats.
You get to choose the connected control or the traditional thermostat that’s right for your home. If you want to control your thermostat over Wi-fi, a connected control might be right for you. If you have a regular routine, a traditional programmable thermostat could be a great fit for your lifestyle. Programmable thermostats can be set for multiple days at a time, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the temperature each morning and night.
Zoned Comfort Control
What is a zoned air conditioning system?
Zoned heating and air conditioning systems allow you to control the temperature of each room individually. By using a series of motorized dampers and thermostats that work independently, zoning can eliminate hot or cold rooms found in almost every home, while cutting energy by up to 25 percent, according to industry sources.
Benefits of zoned air conditioning systems.
Increased Comfort – No more rooms that are too hot or too cold Energy-Efficiency – Heat or cool only the areas you want, allowing you to save energy Increased Control – Control heating and cooling comfort where you want it, when you want it.
How do zoned air conditioning systems work?
Zone controlled systems divide a home into areas with common heating and cooling needs. Air flow is controlled in each area by a separate thermostat. Then, instead of sending the same amount of heated or cooled air into all room every time the furnace or air conditioner is turned on, the system sends conditioned air only to the zones that need it. With zoning, you can cool or heat one area of the house at a time.
Dirty coils increase operating cost
When a coil becomes fouled with dirt and grime, it cannot provide adequate or designed heat transfer causing higher discharge pressures. The higher discharge pressure requires more electricity… thereby, increasing the costs for operating the equipment. The energy consumption of equipment operating with dirty coils can be as much as 37% more than that used by equipment with clean coils.
Dirty coils reduce cooling
As the dirt and grime collect on the coils it restricts heat transfer causing the compressor to work harder. This adds more heat to the system and raises the head pressure as much as 75%. Higher head pressure can result in a loss of up to 30% of the system’s cooling capacity. This loss will be most noticeable on the HOTTEST DAYS when cooling is needed the most!
Dirty coils shorten equipment life
Higher operating pressures and temperatures caused by dirty coils can reduce the equipment’s life expectancy. The elevated system pressure and temperature can lead to the breakdown of the compressor’s lubricant. In addition acid formation can occur, leading to an acid burnout. Lubricant breakdown and acid formation will seriously comprise the compressor and ultimately lead to equipment failure. Compressor failure means NO COOLING. No cooling means no comfort. And, a compressor replacement means a costly repair.
Dirty indoor coils affect air quality
The evaporator, or inside coil, presents major concerns that go beyond the issues already discussed. A fouled and dirty evaporator coil creates a breeding ground for bacteria and mold that can impact the indoor air quality. Cleaning, protecting the coil and preventing bacteria growth on the evaporator coil and surrounding areas is critical. Specific cleaners and products will be required for these applications.
Ultra Violet (UV) Sanitizing Systems
We all need clean air to be healthy and thrive. According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outside air. Our Ultra Violet Sanitizing products protect your family, extend the life of your air system, and reduce energy and maintenance costs.
Indoor air pollution can be divided roughly into thirds: PARTICULATES MOLD/GERMS ODORS/VOCs
Conventional filtration is effective against particulates, like dust, but has no effect on the other two thirds. Our Ultra Violet Sanitizing products, such as the Blue-Tube UV, are proven to sterilize biological contaminants like mold, germs, and viruses in the air and on air system surfaces. The award-winning APCO Sanitizing Systems neutralize odor-causing VOCs as well as biological contaminants inside the air system and throughout the home.