When it Comes to Your Home, What Kind of Air are You Breathing?

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The average adult breathes around 8 liters of air per minute. While your lungs are fantastic at air filtration, did you know they have to work harder when you’re indoors?

Some Interesting Facts…

  • According to the American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, the average working American spends roughly 7.7 hours sleeping and 1 hour engaged in household activities. That’s over one-third of the day spent indoors!
  • Indoor air is typically 4-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Furthermore, almost 90% of Americans aren’t aware of the fact that indoor air pollution is an issue.

Considering these statistics, it’s important to be cognizant of the quality of air in your home. A lot of factors play into air quality, and it’s crucial to maintain that quality in order to live a healthy and productive life. That’s where the HVAC system of your home comes into play. HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – and it’s the technology of indoor environmental comfort.

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Common Health Issues with Poor Air Filtration

  • Coughing, sore throat
  • Agitated sinuses
  • Increased difficulty breathing for people with asthma
  • Congestion, troubled breathing
  • Irritated eyes, nose and throat
  • Allergic reactions

Air Filtration – The Details

One of the best ways to maintain the highest quality of air in your home is to install a filter or an air purification unit. A filter or air purification unit can remove particles from the air such as dust, allergens, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, etc. It can also greatly cut down on secondhand smoke and even bothersome odors (like that intense garlic-chicken dinner you made three days ago). Whether you’re an allergy sufferer or you’re just looking to improve the quality of life in your home, we can provide top-notch filtration at a reasonable price.

The Low-Budget Option: Get Some Houseplants

It may seem obvious, but houseplants are an excellent way to keep the air in your home clean. NASA recently conducted a “Clean Air Study” and found that many common houseplants are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air—chemicals that have been linked to negative health effects  such as headaches and sinus irritation.

The Good Option: Get a Better Filter

The standard style air filter is known as a “hog/horse hair” filter. HEP doesn’t use the standard filter, but a high-quality non-woven filter. Unlike woven filters, our air filters are more efficient at capturing particulates in the air and typically last much longer. It’s important to choose the right air filter, as it’s the first defense against pollutants generated within a building, as well as those pulled in from the outside.

Going to the Next Level with Air Purification Units

While installing a better filter is a good option, there are more efficient ways of cleaning the air you breathe. HEP can install an air purification unit, such as the REME HALO or Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner in your ventilation duct.

The Better Option: The REME HALO

The REME HALO unit actively purifies pollutants as they enter the ventilation ducts. By introducing charged plasma to the incoming untreated air, it forces the pollutants to stick together – making them much easier for the filter to catch. This is the same way the earth’s atmosphere cleanses itself of pollutants.

REME HALO

The Best Option: The Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner

If you’re looking for the best, most efficient air purification unit you can find, the Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner is our top-of-the-line product. Capable of removing up to 99.98% of airborne allergens, this unit is eight times more effective than the HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filters, and 100 times more effective than standard 1-inch filters. Most particulates such as dust and bacteria can be as small as 0.3 microns. The Trane CleanEffects unit can capture particulates as small as 0.1 microns! Check out the demonstration video below, and see for yourself how efficient this unit can be.

So what does this mean for our customers, exactly? With a quick phone call, we can have a specialist determine how to best improve the air filtration in your home. Your family, your children, and your pets will thank you! Give us a call today, and HEP will be on the way!

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Want to learn more? Check out our Air Quality post.

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