Many studies have shown that as homes become tighter and more energy efficient, more contaminants can become trapped inside, which is why air cleaners are continually being looked at for home improvement. The air in our homes can be full of indoor pollutants, including:
- Animal Dander and Hair
- Dust Mites
- Tobacco Smoke
The typical throwaway furnace filter only traps about 5 – 15% of these polluting particles. The indoor air quality of your Northern Illinois home directly affects both your comfort and health. We offer a variety of indoor air quality products designed to improve the health of you and your family. We also offer duct cleaning services that improve the air quality in your home.
Indoor Air Quality Systems Designed with Optimum Efficiency – Air Cleaners
When used properly some or all of these indoor air quality products can help reduce or eliminate the effects of allergies and other airborne illnesses.
Air to air heat exchangers – Often called HRV’s (Heat Recovery Ventilators) or ERV’s (Energy Recovery Ventilators), these indoor air quality devices bring in fresh, outdoor air without sacrificing comfort. They have a heat exchanger that transfers the energy, and in some cases, humidity from the outgoing, stale air to the incoming fresh air. They can be run on a timer, thermostat, or for the ultimate in comfort, the Carrier Infinity control.
Electronic air cleaners – The best in whole house air filtration. These indoor air quality units can remove smoke particles, allergens, household dust, even viruses and bacteria. Sizes and prices vary for each electronic air cleaner unit.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) Filters are up to 99.8% effective in removing indoor airborne particles, but cannot be used as the only filter in a ducted system as they are too restrictive. HEPA filters can be added as a bypass-type filter.
Media Air Filters – Use disposable filters between MERV 8 and MERV 16. MERV is the industry’s acronym for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. A higher MERV offers more effective indoor air filtration, but can slow air flow down too much for certain systems. Media air filters trap indoor air particles as small as .3 microns. By effectively removing bacteria, pollen, plant spores, some viruses, smoke, animal dander, lint and dust from the air, the quality of indoor air is vastly improved. Media air filters far outperform the standard throw away filters, which are commonly found in heating and cooling equipment. These indoor air filters usually last 6 months to 1 year, and are very easy to service.
Ultraviolet Lamps – Using the same process as natural sunlight, UV disinfection combats harmful bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi and other microscopic living organisms, common in many indoor duct work. This same indoor air quality process has been utilized in sanitary hospital rooms for many years. When coupled with an electronic air cleaner or high efficient air filter, these ultraviolet lamps can make your Northern Illinois home much safer to breathe in!