When it comes to your indoor environment, keeping the air healthy is as important as maintaining a comfortable temperature. That can be a challenge. Studies have found that the air in most homes is more polluted than the air outdoors. As a certified Trane Comfort Specialist, our indoor air quality components offer cost-effective solutions. Here are some of your best options for healthy indoor air.
Bring the Fresh Air Indoors
A tightly sealed building offers strong protection against the weather but can also trap contaminants indoors. Without proper ventilation, you breathe the same stale air over and over. Considering the number of allergens, chemical vapors and biological contaminants in the average home, that’s a dangerous proposition. Trane’s Envirowise Energy Recovery Ventilator lets the fresh air indoors. This ventilator uses energy captured from outgoing air to pre-condition fresh, incoming air. It’s available in three sizes to fit structures up to 4,500 square feet so that everyone can breathe fresher, cleaner air.
Upgrade the Filter
Most people view HVAC filters as their first defense against indoor pollution. Yes, they help keep contaminants out of your home or business, but that’s not their chief function. Their primary purpose is to protect the equipment from damaging dust and debris. Research shows that upgrading the filter helps improve indoor air quality. The trick is choosing a filter that will sift out contaminants without impacting airflow. Swapping out your flat-panel filter for a Trane SlimFit model is an easy-on-the-budget option. The MERV 4 pleated filter lasts up to 90 days and captures particles 3 and 10 microns in size.
Install a Permanent Air Cleaner
Up to 100 times more effective than a standard HVAC filter, Trane’s CleanEffects Air Cleaner takes filtration up a notch. It traps contaminants as small as 0.1 microns. That’s important because tiny particulates get inhaled deep into your lungs. It also greatly reduces the presence of asthma and allergy triggers, including dust, pollen and animal dander. Here are just a few of the additional benefits you’ll enjoy with this leader among air purifiers.
- Captures 99.98% of airborne contaminants
- Cuts the time you spend dusting in half
- Removes more than 99% of virus particles
- Easy-to-clean filters
- Minimal impact on airflow
- Quiet operation
Fight Germs with UV Lights
If ridding your home or business of germs is your primary concern, ask us about Trane’s Catalytic Air Cleaning System. Installed in the air handler, it’s a filter with a difference. It blends three innovative technologies to keep the air you breathe free of germs. Here’s a simplified explanation of how this complex process works.
- Filtration: Air first passes through a MERV 13 filter that traps larger airborne contaminants such as spores and pollen.
- Ultraviolet Lights: High-intensity UV lights damage the DNA of biological organisms like bacteria and viruses, sterilizing them.
- Photocatalytic Oxidation: A panel coated with titanium dioxide reacts to the UV lights, inactivating and decomposing organic contaminants.
Control the Humidity
The amount of humidity in the air also has a significant impact on air quality. An environment that is too moist creates a breeding ground for pollutants like mold spores and mildew. Too much humidity also attracts pests like insects and rodents that can spread toxic substances through your home. Low humidity levels can also impair the quality of the air. Overly dry air allows contaminants to remain airborne, increasing your chances of inhaling unhealthy air. Our collection of Trane humidifiers and dehumidifiers help keep humidity at the levels deemed best for human health.
If you’re looking for excellence when it comes to healthy indoor air, trust the experts at Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating & Electrical Company, Inc. For more information, explore our indoor air quality section or call us today.