According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of indoor air pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally 100 times, higher than the levels of pollutants outside. Considering that most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a major concern. Considering the increases in wildfires and viral pandemics, indoor air quality is becoming an even greater worry.
Fortunately, homeowners have a great deal of control over the air quality in their homes. By choosing the right whole-home indoor air quality systems, you can make your home a sanctuary of clean, healthy, odor-free air.
What Type of Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System is Best?
Depending upon your home, your location and of your family’s individual needs, you may want to consider one, or a combination of, indoor air quality systems. Whole-home indoor air quality systems trap, kill or eliminate the following types of indoor pollutants:
particulates (dust, cooking, fireplaces, candles, smoking, aerosol sprays)
chemical fumes (lead, pesticides, formaldehyde from furnishings, cleaning products)
biological (viruses, bacteria, mold, insect droppings, animal fur and dander)
allergens and odors (posed by all of the above)
Following are three types of indoor air quality systems and how each of them work to remove these harmful substances from your home.
Ionizers, Ozone Generators and Electrostatic Media
What is the difference between ionizers, ozone generators and polarizers? All three remove particles from the air by altering oxygen molecules which makes them adhere to particulates. Each produces some ozone, which is safe in small amounts.
Ionizers work by adding an electron to oxygen molecules creating negative ions. These negative ions add a charge to particulates in the air, making them sticky and causing them to be attracted back to the ionizer. Ionizers work best at removing small particles, but sometimes fall short with odors, gases, and larger particles such as pollen or dust. Ionizers do produce a small amount of ozone, which can irritate the lungs in large quantities. Negative ions have no smell and no harmful effects.
Ozone generators produce ozone, which is made up of three oxygen molecules, which makes it unstable and also sticky. Ozone is better as removing smaller particulates, gases, and odors from the air. However, ozone in large amounts can be dangerous. Ozone generators work best if used in a large area or used only while pets and humans are not home.
Electrostatic media are electronic air filters placed in your furnace in place of regular filters. These filters use electricity to alter the electrical field of atoms causing them to be polarized and stick to the media as air is pulled through your system. This offers an effective way to remove a large variety of particulates from the air in your home.
UV Light Technology
UV Light has been proven to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria on contact, which is where other indoor air quality systems fall short. Viruses, mold, and bacteria are too small to be collected by ionizers or air filtration media. Although prolonged exposure to UV can be harmful to humans, UV lamps in your AC coil and ductwork eliminate that threat by directing UV light to pathogens as they are drawn through your ventilation system. But these pathogens must come within a few inches of the UV lamp to be killed.
The Air Scrubber by Aerus® is a special kind of UV lamp that changes water molecules in the air into negatively charged vapor through a process called ActivePure®. These negatively charged molecules leave the UV lamp and actively enter your home’s air and make contact with the surfaces in your home to kill viruses.
Arrestors are filters placed in your ventilation system which trap particulates and prevent them from being circulated back into your air. Arrestors range in effectiveness from the standard one inch filter to high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, to thick five inch media filters such as the Anthony Clean Machine. Filters are made of tightly woven mesh that traps particulates as they pass through. They are especially good at removing larger contaminants such as dust, pollen, pet dander and dust mites, making them great for people with allergies.
Do You Need a Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System?
Indoor air can pose health hazards, especially during the closed-window seasons of summer and winter when outdoor air is not allowed to circulate through your home to eliminate the pollutants in your home. Some individuals resist opening their windows even during pleasant temperature due to the allergens and pollutants in the outdoor air where they live.
Everyone can benefit from indoor air quality systems, and the most effective of these are whole-home systems that are installed in your ductwork and facilitated by the air pushed through your AC and furnace system. Individuals with the following conditions can benefit most from whole-home systems:
sensitivity to chemicals or smells
young age or advanced age
compromised immune systems
If your home has any of the following conditions, you should also consider a whole-home indoor air quality system:
new furnishings or carpeting or remodeling
constant use such as cooking or indoor hobbies involving chemicals
mold or recent flooding
location near car exhaust, industrial areas, wildfires
location in climates where windows remain closed most of the year
An unintended result of today’s tighter homes is heightened levels of indoor air pollution. Dangerous particles, as well as chemicals, are being trapped in your home. Illness-causing micro-organism infestation, allergens, and bad odors are all problems which affect the well-being and comfort of everyone in your home. Call our indoor air quality experts to learn which whole-home indoor air quality solutions are best for you at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816).
The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes state-of-the-art technology developed by NASA to create a safe environment for the astronauts in the international space station. This proprietary technology is called ActivePure®, and is the only air cleaning technology awarded the prestigious Certified Space Technology seal of approval by the Space Foundation which was created in cooperation with NASA.
ActivePure® utilizes a proprietary photocatalyst system which creates powerful oxidizing molecules which are safe to humans and pets but which kill viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces. Water and oxygen particles enter the ActivePure® honeycomb matrix. While inside, the molecules are transformed into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor which permeates all exposed areas of your home. These molecules destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold not only in the air but on surfaces such as counter tops, light switches, cell phones, toys and door knobs, preventing cross contamination.
Air Scrubber by Aerus® ActivePure® Technology Benefits
The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes 3 different technologies: ActivePure® to kill viruses, plus ionization to prevent dust, and ozone (optional) to eliminate odors.
ActivePure® virus killing technology has the following benefits:
- Reduces exposure to viruses and bacteria and their effects upon your health and wellness.
- Proven to kill over 90% of RNA viruses on contact by researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Also see the efficacy charts from the Kansas State University study. RNA viruses include bird flu, swine flu, SARS, Ebola, MRSA and the common cold. Note: The coronavirus (Covid-19) is also an RNA virus, but the efficacy of virus-killing products against this virus have not yet to be tested by anyone in the indoor air quality industry.
- Effective against MRSA, E. coli, C. Diff and other illness causing bacteria and viruses. Also see the Kansas State University study.
- Reduction in sick days and the number of common cold and flu outbreaks.
- Reduction in respiratory issues.
Ionized negative ions have the following benefits:
- Purify air, remove VOCs, and significantly reduce dust particles and odor causing bacteria without using ozone.
- Protect against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to health problems.
- Improved productivity from healthier, cleaner air and surfaces.
- Reduced dust collection on surfaces so you don’t have to dust as often.
Ozone (optional) has the following benefits:
- Eliminates even the toughest odors from your home, including pet and cooking odors.
How is Air Scrubber by Aerus® different from Ionizers, UV Lamps and Ozone Machines?
There are many indoor air quality options on the market, but none work like Air Scrubber by Aerus®, nor kill viruses as well as Air Scrubber by Aerus®:
- Ionizers – Reduce dust in the air and can kill some viruses.
- HEPA Filters – Can catch some viruses, but smaller strains can still pass through.
- UV Lamps – UV light kills viruses that come within a certain amount of inches from the lamp for at certain amount of seconds, so they cannot purify your whole home.
- Ozone Generators – High levels of ozone kills viruses but is dangerous to humans and animals so should only be used at times when humans and animals are not in the home.
Are You Ready to Reduce the Flu Viruses, Bacteria and Allergens in Your Home?
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Can air conditioners spread allergens?
The answer is yes, they can. If not cleaned and properly maintained, they can put allergens into the air which contribute to a myriad of health issues namely those dealing with respiration such as allergies and asthma.
A dirty air conditioner filter prevents cool air from flowing. It takes trapped dirt, dust, dander, and pollen and distributes it throughout a room. People who spend time in the space breathe in the air and develop allergies in the process. Investing in regular AC cleaning prevents that problem from occurring.
It prevents the spreading of pollutants throughout the home. It does not, however, eliminate them. In order to do that, you must first identify the source of the problem and do your part to get rid of it before it worsens. The next section addresses the top in-home allergens so you can determine if they’re what is causing you or a family member’s allergies to worsen.
The Top In-Home Allergens
To better understand what you’re up against, it’s important to know what causes allergens to build up inside the home. Among the biggest culprit is a dirty air conditioner filter which is easily taken care of with AC cleaning. Replacing the filter every few weeks is highly recommended with the frequency increasing in homes with pets.
Other allergens that cause concern include:
- Cigarette Smoke. Second-hand smoke can cause respiratory problems in children and adults. It can also be problematic for pets. Asking that all smokers take their cigarettes and vape pens outdoors to smoke keeps the nicotine out of the home and lungs of the residence’s occupants. Most people have no issue smoking or vaping outdoors especially if the person they are visiting requests that they do so.
- Dust Mites. The parasites live in linens and gather on clothing and toys that sit untouched for a while. The best way to deal with them is to clean and vacuum the home regularly. It’s impossible to get rid of them completely but you can reduce the problems caused by the dust mites significantly by dusting, vacuuming, and washing sheets, pillowcases, and blankets frequently. Creating a weekly cleaning schedule for yourself helps you take care of all the potentially problematic areas inside the home.
- Mold. Using a dehumidifier inside the home helps reduce instances of mold. When it’s warm, dark, and damp in a room, spores appear. Hiring a professional to tackle a mold problem before it worsens is imperative. Mold is the type of problem that can get a home condemned if it gets bad enough.
- Pollen. Ensuring that your doors and windows have screens on them is one way to keep pollen out. Keeping your AC unit’s filter clean at all times does, too. Investing in the right size of filter for the make and model of air conditioner that you have makes it easier to trap pollutants and keep them from entering your home, nostrils, and mouth while you breathe.
- Pet Dander. Like dust mites, you can’t avoid a pet that sheds. If your dog or cat has long hair, make sure to brush them outdoors regularly. You’ll also want to sweep, dust, and vacuum on a routine basis. Cleaning the pet’s bedding also helps eliminate traces of hair and dander which cause a lot of people’s allergies to kick in.
- Toxic Chemical Cleaning Supplies. Switching to all-natural, organic cleaning products eliminates the level of toxicity inside the home. Individuals with chemical sensitivities notice a distinct difference in how they feel and breathe once commercial cleaners are banned from the residence. Common kitchen ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar are often used in many DIY cleaning recipes. They’re all-natural and not something that aggravates or creates allergies for people.
An indoor air quality test allows you to better understand what could be triggering you or your family member’s allergies. It makes it easier to eliminate the source of the problem by repairing a broken AC unit. AC repair makes the unit work more efficiently at eliminating the issue of indoor allergens.
Making sure that your air conditioner isn’t doing more harm than good is your responsibility. By learning what to do to keep your unit working optimally, you eliminate many of the problems caused by pollutants inside the home. You also protect your investment by keeping your AC in good working order so you can continue to use it for years without replacing it.
What You Can Do to Keep Your AC Running Well
There are things you can do to keep your AC in good working order. The first is to not put off AC repair. If you know that your air conditioner isn’t doing its job, it’s time to call in a professional. The fix could be as simple as air duct cleaning.
Staying on top of routine maintenance prevents your air conditioner from freezing up and running up your home energy bills. An AC can run non-stop, not put out cool air, cause an electric bill to skyrocket, and burn out its motor rendering the unit useless.
That’s why you should take a look at the unit routinely, remove anything blocking its air flow, switch out its filter, and have a technician service it before using it full-time in the hotter months of the year. You’re able to prolong the lifespan of the AC that way and keep yourself from paying exorbitant costs to the electric company.
What AC Maintenance Entails
If you’re unsure of what hiring a professional to perform maintenance on your air conditioning unit entails, don’t worry. Anyone who hasn’t had the experience of working with an expert isn’t sure what to expect. A company such as Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling puts your mind to ease right away by remaining communicative throughout the maintenance process.
Before an air conditioner is turned on for the first time for the season, a technician comes out and takes a look at the unit. They remove the air filter and replace it with a new one. They check coolant levels to make sure they are adequate enough to cool your size of home for the duration of the summer.
The tech turns the air conditioner on to make sure that it gets to the desired temperature right away. They also note any strange sounds the AC makes or smells that come out of the unit. If a repair must be done to get the air conditioner back in good working order, the professional does it on the spot as long as they have the replacement part in stock.
Addressing common furnace problems is something else that we do in addition to repairing a broken AC unit and performing routine AC maintenance. Having a company you can trust to take care of your air conditioning and heating needs is essential as a homeowner. It ensures that your home remains a comfortable temperature year-round.
Contact Us to Schedule AC Unit Cleaning Today
It is highly recommended to contact Anthony Heating and Cooling to set up a time for AC unit check and cleaning. Doing so helps you remove existing allergens from the home and prevent future problems from occurring. Contact us today at 913-268-4669.
Americans are aware of the dangers of heart disease and stroke and the all the messages encouraging us to eat right and exercise to reduce the risk of these deadly events. Research is now showing that air pollution is another cause of heart disease and stroke – and it is not something people can control as easily as their diet. But as the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, eliminating air pollution is a reachable goal.
Americans are aware of the dangers of heart disease and stroke and all the messages encouraging us to eat right and exercise to reduce the risk of these deadly events. But research is now showing that air pollution is another cause of heart disease and stroke – and it is not something people can control as easily as their diet. But as the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, eliminating air pollution is a reachable goal.
Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental threats to human health. Considering that most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a major concern. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of indoor air pollutants may be two to five times higher than the levels of pollutants outside. No wonder your eyes are itching!