As the temperatures grow colder and we start to look toward winter, your first thought – at least when it comes to HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) – is probably concerning your heater.
When was the last time it was serviced? And will it still be up to the task of heating your entire home comfortably this winter? While those are key questions you should answer every fall, there is another aspect of HVAC that everyone should consider prior to each winter.
As you’ll be inside more, sheltering from the cold and damp, what is in the air you breathe (more and more of)? The reason we get sick more often in the winter has nothing to do with air temperatures (not directly, anyway). No, it has more to do with being inside more and sharing the air you breathe with others – and whatever they have in their lungs. That includes viruses and bacteria. And if you’re breathing contaminated air, you and your family are much more susceptible to sickness.
The good news is that you now have a greater power of purification in your home – and it’s all down to HVAC. Thanks to the latest technological developments across the heating and air industry, you can now rest assured that the air circulating your home is cleaner than ever before.
How is this the case? And what does modern air purification look like? Let’s look and find out.
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First off, nearly every HVAC manufacturer offers improved passive air filtration, and all worthy professional HVAC contractors offer several advanced cleaning solutions.
Thanks to new microfibers and designs, HVAC system filters routinely offer Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values – also known as MERV – as high as 16, a number designation that means said filter clears all but the tiniest particles out of the air that passes through your ventilation. (MERV numbers go from 1-16.)
For example, Carrier – which is one of the most successful and cutting-edge HVAC manufacturers in the United States – now offers the Comfort™ Series EZ Flex™ Cabinet Air Filter for use. Carrier’s air purification technology is helping to set the standard for air cleanliness, and the EZ Flex is a key part of that.
This next generation filter provides serious protection for any structure, as it has the ability to trap and hold airborne particles as small as 1.0 micron. That means EZ Flex can capture pathogens and irritants in the range of legionella, humidifier dust, lead dust, milled flour, auto emission particulates and nebulizer droplets. It is a level of protection once reserved only for hospital laboratories. And you can even increase its MERV level to ensure it traps and effectively eliminates bacteria, droplet nuclei (produced by sneezing), cooking oil, most smoke and insecticide dust, most face powder, and most paint pigments. That is the type of filtration required in general surgery settings.
This whole-house air cleaner re-purifies circulated indoor air as many as 8 times an hour.
It also protects heating and cooling equipment by not producing significant pressure drop and can be placed in line with nearly any ductwork system. The EZ Flex is a great choice for air purification installation, and it has a 10-year parts limited warranty.
But what if you want to take the next step – and scrub your home’s air of a whole range of bacteria and viruses, including the type that cause flu. Well, Carrier has you covered there too.
Ask your HVAC installation specialists about the Infinity® Series Air Purifier.
Instead of passive cleansing, the Infinity Series Air Purifier contains a new technology that seeks out, traps, and eliminates pathogens that circulate through your ventilation. Thanks to its patented Captures and Kills™ technology, this purifier traps up to 95 percent of particles, then uses an electrical charge to kill or inactivate them.
Independent testing has already proven the Infinity air purifier’s effectiveness against three pathogens, including the common cold surrogate, human influenza and streptococcus pyogenes.
It inactivates these sickness-inducing microbes by jolting them with an electrical charge that bursts their cell walls. And, while it has not yet been tested on the novel coronavirus, the fact that it can successfully eliminate those three health threats speaks volumes for what this piece of technology can do for your air quality.
The cool bonus to the Infinity Series Air Purifier is that it does more than trap and kill germs. It also eliminates pollen, animal dander, smoke, bacteria, and other irritants, making the air you breathe cleaner and also better smelling.
There are also other factors to consider when it comes to the purity of air in your home – such as humidity levels and your thermostat. If you have noticed in the past that the air in your home is either too dry or too moist, it can act as irritant (if too dry) or even promote the growth of harmful mold or mildew (if too damp). A professional HVAC contractor can test the humidity levels in your home and correct the issue – either through repair of a system failure or the installation of a humidifier.
Modern, smart thermostats can also do much to maintain constant air flow and prevent stagnation – which can lead to poor air quality in your home. Having one of these units installed in your home also offers plenty of other bonuses, including improved HVAC and energy efficiency, which leads to lower electricity bills.
The purity of the air you breathe in your home is something that you can do much to control – as long as you find the right HAVC company that can work with you to help install or maintain parts designed to provide you with the cleanest, healthiest air possible.
For almost 30 years, Zone has been helping families throughout North Georgia and metro Atlanta breathe the best air possible. And as an authorized Carrier dealer, we have the air purification systems that can turn your home into a fortress against sickness this winter. Call us today at 770-904-5432 and let us show you how we can purify your home’s air.