Allergies and Your Indoor Air
Approximately 1 in 5 people in America suffer with serious allergy or sinus problems and over 35 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies. There's not a lot you can do about pollen and allergens in the air outside, but there's a whole lot you can do for your indoor air quality.
Apple Comfort's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® can analyze & present you with whole house Air Treatment Center options to clean, disinfect and deodorize the air in your home 24 hours a day, naturally and without chemicals. You can then decide which options presented best fit your concerns and needs. Click on the Contact Us tab and fill out the form to setup an appointment with our Comfort Advisor to discuss cost effective solutions to improve your homes air quality that can improve your health and comfort.
Indoor Air Quality Defined
Is my home making me sick? We can help you answer that!
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term referring to the air quality within your home, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of your family. IAQ is one of the top five health concerns of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their findings have been supported by the American Lung Association, Harvard University studies and many other organizations concerned about our health and indoor air environment.
Since the early 70’s, homes have been built tighter to conserve energy by keeping cold air out in the winter and hot air out in the summer. While this does conserve energy, it also contributes to ‘Tight Home Syndrome’. Tight Home Syndrome locks in dirty, sick and stale air and contributes to indoor air pollution. This indoor air pollution has been categorized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) into three danger levels; Particles, Germs and Gases, and most often can contain microbial contaminants, such as mold and bacteria, gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), dust, pollen and much more that can induce adverse health conditions. According to the EPA, your indoor air is typically 2 – 5 times and can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. Much of this pollution comes from toxic off gassing from carpets, building material, paint, stain, cleaning chemicals, disinfectants, bug sprays and more. Although we continue to pollute outside air it is cleansed by Mother Nature with the weather, ionization and UV energy from the sun. These natural cleansing actions are not present indoors and our immune system cannot keep up with this over abundance of indoor air pollution. The American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90% of their time indoors breathing ultra fine particles, germs and gases that pass through our lungs and enter the bloodstream. These are the main causes of asthma, allergies and other ailments so, paying special attention to cleaning your indoor air is very important.
Our Indoor Air Quality experts can convert your heating and cooling system into a Whole-house Air Treatment Center. To control these pollutants that are injurious to your health, Advanced Air Cleaning Systems like the MicroPower Guard® are designed to remove the smallest particles from the air; while the OxyQuantum® UV lights will control both the germs and gasses in your home. As an example, particles that are 5 microns or smaller will pass through your lungs as you breathe, while 98% of all air particles are less than 1 micron. And, the smaller the particle, the greater the health hazard. Store bought filters cannot remove these smallest of allergens and have no capability of having any effect on germs and gasses.
The Importance Of Having Air Ducts Cleaned Regularly
The EPA recommends that you have your air ducts, heating and cooling systems inspected first by a professional heating and cooling contractor. If your One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® technician discovers that your air ducts have substantial visible mold, dust, dirt, and other contaminants or a musty odor, they may recommend duct cleaning. This is especially important if someone in your household suffers from asthma, allergies, or other symptoms that may be related to indoor air pollution. Although duct cleaning alone has never been shown to actually prevent health problems, it is an important step in a whole-house air cleaning strategy. Our technicians are extensively trained to perform ductwork installations that meet your system requirements and maximize your comfort.
Much of the dirt and dust that accumulates in the ducts adheres to the duct surfaces and to the furnace and air conditioning components. This does not mean that it necessarily becomes airborne and enters our breathing space. However, this accumulation is a perfect breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and other fungi that are definite sources of indoor air pollution. It also reduces the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
The Fantastic Filter®
Apple Comfort's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® in Dublin Pa is proud to offer this exclusive filter, designed and recommended by leading allergy and asthma physicians to help improve the air quility in your home. The Fantastic Filter is the highest rated filter on the market for allergen control, outperforming the leading competitors filters 3-1 in lab testing for particulate capture. These exclusive filters are 500% more effective than standard fiberglass filters, and are not available at any home improvement store.
Each filter lasts three months, turning your heating/air conditioning system into a "Whole House" filter. Constructed of Polyolefin material, the filter does not absorb moisture or support the growth of mold. Its unique pleated surface design allows for greater efficiency of particulate capture WITHOUT becoming clogged or impeding airflow. It captures up to 94% cat dander, 94% dust mites and 91% or dog dander and has been proven to be the most durable disposable residential filter on the market.
Air Quality and Energy Savings
In addition to our Fantastic Filter, Apple Comfort's One Hour carries many energy efficient accessories designed to significantly enhance your level of comfort in your home. For example we install and service electronic air filters and humidifiers to improve your indoor air quality and health.
Indoor air is often even more polluted than outdoor air. Pollen, dust, smoke from cooking and tobacco, animal dander and hair can collect in stagnant indoor air. Mold, the cause of almost 100% of chronic sinus infections, can infect duct systems.
Our electronic filters can eliminate up to 99% of all household irritants and are much more effective than disposable and electrostatic filters.
Humidity is another important factor in your comfort - and your health. The low relative humidity of winter has been cited as a factor in throat and nose irritation. A whole house humidifier can solve the problem.
The new programmable thermostats can also increase your comfort and save you money. You can program your thermostat to automatically lower the heat at times when your family is most often away or when you're sleeping - and program it to warm up the house so it's comfy when you return or wake up. Use our contact form to setup an appointment with our Comfort Advisor to discuss cost effective solutions to improve your homes air quality and your health and comfort.
Most houses with forced-air furnaces have a standard furnace filter made from loosely woven spun-glass fibers designed to keep it and its ductwork clean. Unfortunately, they don't improve indoor air quality. That takes a media filter, which sits in between the main return duct and the blower cabinet. Made of a deeply pleated, paper-like material, media filters are at least seven times better than a standard filter at removing dust and other particles. An upgrade to a pleated media filter will cleanse the air of everything from insecticide dust to flu viruses. The only drawback to a media filter is its tight weave, which can restrict a furnace's ability to blow air through the house.