The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and our community is our top priority. This approach isn’t new—but we wanted you to be reminded of all the precautions we’re taking as we continue to serve you.
With all that’s going on—in combination with seasonal allergies—we’ve received many questions about air filters and air cleaners. With that in mind, here are 4 few things to keep in mind when it comes to increasing your indoor air quality.
What ‘Good’ Air Quality Looks Like
Greater Comfort is dedicated to helping you to achieve excellent indoor air quality. We think of it in a number of ways, but in its simplest terms, you can think of “good” indoor air quality as follows:
Clean air. It’s important that good housekeeping habits are practiced, and that’s true whether it’s a home, facility, or office. Vacuuming, dusting, and wiping down surfaces helps keep dust and contaminants out of the air.
Well ventilated air. Keeping the air well distributed and ventilated helps fight off pollutants, so that can’t be neglected, either.
Airborne contaminant exposure is minimized. Maintenance and construction operations should be performed in a way that minimizes exposure to these contaminants (whether that be near your home or at an office/facility).
Another example: if and when doors or windows or open, as just one example, there should be a reason, otherwise air quality can be impacted.
A Background on Air Filters & Air Cleaners
When it comes to improving the quality of your air, it helps to know what exactly air cleaners and air purifies are working to do and how they are helping people with asthma and allergies.
Air cleaners and air purifiers do a lot to protect and preserve our indoor air quality.
Air purifiers typically work to sanitize the air. They typically emit negative ions, ozone, utilizing heat or they use UV or UVC lamps to help sanitize the air. We can thank them for helping us reduce odors and getting rid of things that do, generally speaking, potentially make us sick or worsen our allergies.
Air cleaners, on the other hand, work to filter the air. Air cleaners work to “clean” the air and collect the dust—which typically is the larger particles. That also includes pet dander which can be a major source of indoor air quality issues. These are another way we can help to protect our health and indoor air quality.
A Background on UV Lights
Another solution that can fall in this category that we’ve been receiving questions about is UV lights. Think of UV lights as another way to improve the air in terms of what you can’t see. As a simple add-on to your existing system, UV lights work to drench your cooling coil with UV light. That light sterilizes your evaporator coil or fan coil surfaces, killing mold and bacteria.
Working as a sanitation device, you can envision those UV lights making sure bacteria, germs, and mold that could be present around your system are eliminated. Ask us for more options that make sense for your home or building.
Efficiency of Your Air Cleaners
Airborne particles that can make their way into your home are small—as in very small. In fact particles like dust, smoke and bacteria can be .3 microns or less. Compare that to a human hair that has a diameter spanning about 50-70 microns—so you can see just how small particles can be in our air, yet they can still do damage to our overall health and well-being.
When particles are that small, they aren’t filtered well by the nose or the throat. That’s where an effective air cleaner makes a large difference in your ability to improve the air quality in your home.
As one example, Trane CleanEffects™ works to reduce the presence of potential asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home, including up to 99.98% of airborne particles. This technology in particular can include those as small as .1 micron. That’s as much as 8 times more effective than even some of the top-performing HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1-inch filter.
If you are worried about dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, and cooking grease, this is a solution that can be very effective for your family. Ask us about effective solutions that can be a fit for your family.
Greater Comfort Heating & Air: Helping You With Indoor Air Quality
CleanEffects™ whole home air filtration system is one example of a solution that may be a fit for you. Whether it’s this model, or another IAQ model or a different air purification or cleaner solution, we’re here to help you know what’s right for you and your family.
We will be here now, and in the future, to assist your home or business with your HVAC needs. We’ll earn your trust through reliability, quality service, innovative offerings, and attention to detail. Whether it be install, maintenance, or your indoor air quality, we’re here to help!
Source: Thank you to TRANE for the infographic.