Safety and Comfort- This is what’s important when it comes to the air we breathe.
Air Quality Testing – Why It Is Important
Our homes, businesses, and schools are all subject to a variety of potentially hazardous substances being circulated through the air we breathe 5-7 times per day. This includes substances such as particulates, airborne chemical pollutants (VOC’s) and carbon dioxide, all potentially contributing to or causing allergies, asthma, and a diminish in cognitive function in healthy adults (also known as “Brain Fog”).
These pollutants, along with the relative humidity which increases the growth of mold and dust mites, are all measured by our Air Advice IAQ testing machine. This machine is equipped with special sensors that allow it to detect these harmful conditions that are not recognizable otherwise. To learn more about the testing process and what solutions we offer for specific problems, read this case study (opens pdf), or read this brochure (opens pdf).
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The PureAir™ air Purification System is a smart whole-home solution that combats all three major types of indoor air contaminants: particles, germs, and odors. It removes or destroys 90% of flu and cold viruses, infectious bacteria like MRSA, and kills 99.9% of mold spores, pollen, dust and pet dander. It even destroys household odors and VOC’s (toxic chemicals found in flooring, furniture, mattresses, etc).
Install a Germicidal UV Light – this hooks into your duct work, or is placed in your coil, and as the air passes through and over the UV bulb, it destroy contaminants like mold, mildew and bacteria. Using maximum-intensity ultraviolet light, they damage the cell structure of microorganisms, preventing them from growing and spreading throughout your home. It can reduce the concentration of airborne microorganism by up to 50% within as little as 45 minutes. Germicidal lights also kill germs, mold and fungi that may live in duct work and inside your heating and cooling equipment. This helps keep your HVAC system clean and running at peak efficiency. This light operates without producing ozone, a toxic gas that can irritate the lungs.*
Upgrade to a larger filter and cabinet – larger filters will trap just that much more harmful or plain irritating particulates that worsen allergy and asthma symptoms, add to time spent dusting, make your air uncomfortable, and put more strain on our entire HVAC system. We recommend the Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner. This is the healthiest media filter for ozone reduction and filtration of allergens and germs.
Have your duct work professionally cleaned and sanitized – a thorough cleaning of your air ducts with our Rotobrush machine will make them look and feel like new, as the removal of all the built up dust, pollen, dander, and germs festering in this debris, will no longer be circulating, making the air you breathe healthier and more comfortable. Read about this process and watch a video here: https://simonshvacny.com/
Install a Healthy Climate heat recovery ventilator (HRV) – harnesses heat from inside your home and transfers it to incoming fresh air from outside. This process enhances your comfort and helps control wintertime condensation. Unlike some HRV’s, the Lennox Healthy Climate HRV does not produce ozone, a toxic gas that can irritate the lungs.*
Consider a ventilation system if your home includes any of the following… tight construction helps save energy, but it can also make your air stale and stuffy, attached garages can contain contaminants such as car fumes that can seep into your home, or spray-foam insulation helps keep your home warm, but it also means that indoor air is continually recirculated.
Upgrade to a smart, WiFi thermostat – this will allow you to more precisely control all the aspects of your air in accordance with each persons schedule, comfort preference, and health needs. This upgrade will also remind you when it is time to service you HVAC system (change filters, etc) which in turn will help your units run more efficiently and effectively, saving you money. You can even do this from anywhere right on your phone or tablet! Thermostats such as the iComfort® S30 ultra smart thermostat pair perfectly with the Healthy Climate PureAir system and many high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.
Schedule Regular Preventative Maintenance – having all of your HVAC equipment serviced, cleaned and inspected each year is critical to ensuring the best quality air is pushed through and out of them into the rooms of your house and office. Not to mention, regular maintenance will increase the efficiency level that your system runs at, because when the filter is clogged up, and the flame sensors, nozzles, coils are corroded with dirt or oil, the system works much harder and often will shut off. When your heat or AC system shuts down, your humidifier, germicidal UV light, air purification system, etc will not work either. This dramatically effects all aspects of your air quality.
*[U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effective and Health Consequences,” August 2006]