Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality is important for every home, but especially for those who suffer from asthma or allergies. EPA studies show that even in the smoggiest cities, the air inside most modern homes is usually at least ten times more polluted than the air outside.
How can this be? There are many reasons! They include invisible assassins like radon and CO2, as well as gas-emitting chemicals like formaldehyde used in making modern carpeting, drapery, household cleaners, furniture, and building materials. There are also common airborne pollutants such as pollen, viruses, dust and dust mites, and damp areas where standing water can breed mold, mildew, and other microbes.
Modern homes are built air-tight for purposes of energy efficiency. The consequence is that stale air, laced with odors, chemicals, irritants – even minuscule insects – often becomes trapped in the home, where it circulates over and over. This can lead to eye irritation, sinus congestion, sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, colds, flu, headaches, dizziness, outbreaks of allergies and asthma, sore throats, and various other respiratory ailments.
So serious and prevalent is this issue that environmentalists have coined a new term for it—IAQ or Indoor Air Quality. Today’s homeowners need to become more aware of the importance of IAQ and what they can do about it.
Indoor Air Quality Products
- Media Air Cleaners
- Electronic Air Cleaners
- HEPA Air Cleaner
- Dehumidification Systems
- Bypass Humidifier
- Steam Humidifier
- Ultraviolet Treatment Systems
FACT: Air pollution is a serious problem — especially inside your home! The EPA has named indoor air pollution one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. The EPA also reports that indoor air can be up to one hundred times more polluted than the air outside. One hundred times!
Don’t just treat the symptoms — remove the problems from the air in every room of your house with an air cleaning system.
What is a Whole-Home Air Cleaner?
There are many types of air cleaners (Media Air Cleaners, Electronic Air Cleaners & HEPA Air Cleaner) on the market today. Whole-Home Air Cleaners make your air as clean as possible by removing particulates from your air, allowing you to breathe healthier air — important to those with allergies and asthma and for those who want the cleanest air possible for themselves and their family. An Air Cleaner installed by your heating and cooling contractor can help rid your home of dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses, smoke, and more!
How Does It Work?
Air Cleaners are installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system. They are completely out of your way and out of sight. Every time your system runs, the air in your home is filtered through state-of-the-art filter media removing potentially harmful contaminants from every room of your home.
The clean air is then distributed via your heating and cooling system’s ductwork to your entire home. Best yet, the system is easy to maintain with infrequent maintenance only required every 1-2 years, unlike portable units that require monthly care or standard filters that need cleaning every 1-3 months.
Turn your central heating and cooling system into a whole-house air cleaner!
“Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.”
Why Do You Need Whole-House Air Cleaning?
- Each person inhales over 3,500 gallons of air each day.
- Children inhale more particles for their size than 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.
The Perfect Questions to Ask
When selecting an air cleaner, many people consider the Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV). But we suggest that you consider the following questions to determine the best air cleaner for you:
- Is it a whole-home solution? It should clean the air in the entire house, not just a room or section of your home.
- Is there long service life? Who enjoys changing the filter media every month or even every couple of months? The best air cleaner should require maintenance only once a year.
- Will it enhance equipment life? The best air cleaner should permanently trap the dirt that causes heating and air-conditioning units to wear prematurely.
- What about quality? The best air cleaner will be built to last, providing the same high performance for years to come. One mark of quality is the seal around the door. It should have broad, thick seals to minimize air leakage.
- Is it invisible and silent? The best air cleaner should be invisible and it should operate silently.
Protect your family and your home from the unhealthy and damaging effects of over-dry air. Dry nose, cracked, itchy skin, and sore throats. Aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms. Painful static shocks. Chipping paint and plaster. Splitting or cracked wood floors, furniture, trim, and molding. Sound familiar? Why go through another season with these problems when there is a solution—a Whole-Home Humidifier.
Turning your temperature up in the wintertime will keep you warm but won’t increase your home’s humidity level. Daily activities such as showering, cooking, and doing laundry don’t produce enough moisture to keep your home’s air from being too dry. According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu, and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology even reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infection.
A Whole-Home Humidifier installed by your heating and cooling professional will deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your air making you feel more comfortable at lower thermostat settings. In fact, the EPA states that you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat! Increase your family’s level of comfort and protect your valuable furnishings by adding just the right amount of moisture with a Whole-Home Humidifier.
“If too dry an environment is your problem, consider a humidifier. Clues like awakening with a sore throat, dryness in your nose, or even a nose bleed are signs of too little humidity.”
How Does it Work?
A Whole-House Humidifier is installed directly to your new or existing central heating and cooling system. Humidity is introduced into your home’s air in the form of water vapor, which prevents minerals from entering the air in your home and potentially into your lungs. Water is supplied to the distribution tray, allowing it to flow evenly across the Water Panel® and the resulting humidified air is then distributed via your heating and cooling system ductwork throughout your home.
Air conditioning alone can’t satisfy your home’s humidity requirements. Your air conditioning system controls temperature, not humidity. It only removes humidity as a byproduct of cooling. During the spring and fall seasons when it’s still cool outside but damp inside, your air conditioning isn’t running and your house is uncomfortable — you need a Whole-Home Dehumidifier.
How Does It Work?
Installed as part of your home’s heating and cooling system, central dehumidifiers pull air from every room in your home through the return ducts and removes the moisture. It then sends dry air back throughout your home, working in conjunction with your air conditioner to efficiently balance the humidity levels in your home. Not to worry, it can also work independently on days when you don’t need the air conditioner.
A Whole-Home Dehumidifier works equally well in new or existing homes. It is truly the complete solution for your home’s excess indoor humidity problems.
Why Do I Need a Whole-Home Dehumidifier?
Have you ever experienced any of the following uncomfortable and/or unhealthy conditions:
- Trouble sleeping at night due to clammy skin or stuffiness in the air?
- Have you ever reduced the temperature setting because you’re uncomfortable with the stuffy feeling?
- Do your floors or other surfaces ever feel sticky or “sweaty”?
- Are you concerned with mold and mildew growth in your home?
- Do you have musty odors or smells in any area of your home?
- Do you have condensation on your water pipes?
- Have you seen wet stains on walls or ceilings?
- Do you or a family member have allergies (over-moist air can encourage the growth of mold, bacteria, and dust mites—three commonly known household allergens).
Experiencing any of the above conditions can make sleeping and even daily activities miserable — plus some conditions can be hazardous to your family’s health or your home’s furnishings.
Ultraviolet Treatment Systems
Breathe cleaner air with an Ultraviolet Treatment System. If you want improved air quality in your home, install a UV-C Treatment System to work alongside your central heating and cooling system. Your total home comfort solution will make the air in your home cleaner and more comfortable for you and your family. UV-C lamps destroy particles and germs, preventing them from being re-circulated through your home. For cleaner air…trust an Ultraviolet Treatment System.
Gain peace of mind for your family by having one installed. It can greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality and the air you breathe every day.
- Highly Efficient – Kills mold spores and certain live, airborne bacteria passing by the lamp.
- Easy Lamp Replacement – LED light indicates when replacement is required and snap-in design makes replacement easy.
- Safe Design – The sealed unit design prevents accidental contact with UV rays.
- Long Lamp Life – Advanced technology optimizes lamp life up to five years.
Engle Services Heating and Air can help provide a solution for you and your family’s home indoor air quality.