Indoor Air Quality
Why take steps to improve home air quality?
What is indoor air quality like in your home?
On average, Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
Most pollutants affecting indoor air quality come from sources inside buildings, although some originate outdoors.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov
Step #1: Fresh Air Ventilation
Homes are sealed tight to keep warm or cold air in but are also sealing in pollutants and particles. Fresh air ventilation dilutes the contaminants and can help filter the air, creating better indoor air quality. Today’s ventilation technology is controlled for energy efficiency and provides fresh air when you need it most. *Standard Installation
Good: ECM Furnace Fan Motor Upgrade
Efficient & Reliable fan motors that can run continuously • Quiet Operation and reduce temperature differences
Improve Air Quality by passing more air through your filter
Better: Aprilaire Positive Pressure Air Ventilator
Excellent value • Exchange the air in your home up to 7 times per day
Customize setting for high and low limit settings
Best: Honeywell HRV Heat Recovery Ventilator
Provides Balance home ventilation • Preheated incoming fresh air to increase efficiency in winter
Maintains healthy positive air pressure inside your home
Step #2: Air Filtration
Proper filtration of the air within and entering your home is key to removing airborne particles. Air purifiers and filters come in various types and capture up to 99% of pathogens and particulates. *Standard Installation
Good: 4” Pleated Box Style Filter Cabinet 11-16 MERV
Clean Air MERV 11 – Effective for dust, pollen, mold spores, bacteria and pet dander
Healthy Home MERV 13 – Available with odor control and increased filtration
Allergy and Asthma MERV 16 – Captures 96% of particles down to 0.3 microns
Better: Aprilaire 5000 Electronic Air Purifier
Electrostatic technology and traditional air filtration to remove 98% of particles as small as 0.1 micron
Performs silently 24 hours a day on demand • Helps to maximize the life of your HVAC equipment
Best: SecureAire Whole-Home Air Purifier
Utilizes Active Particle Control technology used in hospitals
Inactivates and kills up to 99% of captured pathogens
6-12 month filter changes
Step #3: Humidity Control
Proper humidity reduces the transmission of viruses, mold growth, and the warping of the woodwork in your home. Ideal humidity can also benefit your skin and sinuses. *Standard Installation
Better: Aprilaire 700 Automatic Humidifier
The standard for reliable whole-home humidification • Covers up to 4,200 square feet
Powered fan with automatic operation and up to 18 gallons per day of humidification
Best: Aprilaire 800 Steam Humidifier
Convenient controls • Monitors outdoor humidity to deliver optimum humidity in your home
Full coverage up to 6,200 sq feet with six levels of output ranging from 11.5 to 34.6 gallons per day
Best: Aprilaire Whole-Home Dehumidifier
Capacity to remove 70 – 95 pints of humidity a day • Reduces and controls basement humidity
Energy Star Most Efficient 2020 • Helps prevent mold, rot and odors
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