Why Good Indoor Air Quality is Crucial
According to the EPA, the air quality of the average home or office building is 200% to 500% more polluted than outdoor air. In some homes, that number is much higher. If people in your home are infected with a virus the inside air is compromised. According to a MIT researcher a sneeze emits a cloud of droplets and aerosols that may travel up to 20 feet allowing them to enter your HVAC system and be distributed through the home. In addition, sneeze or cough emitted aerosols, grease emitted from cooking, pet dander, dust, and other odors can create inside air toxicity that is up to 500% more polluted than outside air. The quality of your indoor air is critical for your health, wellness, and overall enjoyment of your home. What does Ted's HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical recommend?
MERV-13 or HEPA Filters
MERV-13 to 16 filters capture aerosols and droplets as small as 0.3 microns with 95% to 99% effectiveness. Sneeze or cough aerosols are reported to be as small as 3.0 micros, so Ted's HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical recommends MERV-13 or higher-grade filters. But Ted’s recommends a NATE certified technician assess your overall HVAC system to determine if it can accommodate a MERV-13 or higher filter as a high-grade filter can create a system wide high pressure drop that could negatively impact system performance and life expectancy.
Trane FreshEffects™ – Introduce Outside Air
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the CDC recommend introducing outside air into the building and home envelope. The Trane FreshEffects™ Energy Recovery Ventilator is an energy efficient way to exchange air inside your home with fresh air from outside, removing lingering odors like cooking smells while improving overall air quality.
iWave: Bi-Polar Ionization Air Cleaners
iWave bi-polar ionization air cleaner neutralizes mold, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and removes cooking, pet dander, unpleasant smells, and reduces dust. This means healthy air to breath all year round and less cleaning! iWave-R is installed on each air handler in the home and only costs $775 for installation and comes with a 3-year warranty. The value of iWave-R is a fantastic addition for your home, especially when you consider the potential benefits of breathing cleaner air. Call now to learn more and schedule your installation!
Humidifying your home’s air adequately in the winter is key to keeping your indoor air comfortable and safe. Dry air, especially in the winter when you run your heating system, increases respiratory distress and discomfort for skin, lips, and eyes. Ted's HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical offers high-quality humidifiers for this reason, and we can install yours right away.
Need Cleaner Air to Breath?
If you’re convinced about the need for indoor air quality controls, you may be wondering what products will do the job right. With so many air cleaners and filters on the market, how can you find the right one? At Ted's HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical, our air cleaners and filters will effectively clean the air inside your home. With an indoor air cleaner, you could enjoy significantly reduced:
- Risk of spreading viruses and bacteria
- Risk of microbial growth
- Risk of allergic or asthmatic symptoms
- Reduced dust
- Reduced cooking, pet, and foul odors
Need Cleaner Air to Breath?
Protecting your indoor air quality is a serious issue. That is why the team at Ted's HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical is dedicated to helping you deploy systems and strategies to improve your inside air quality and comfort. Our NATE-certified professional comfort advisors are dedicated and committed to delivering caring customer service excellence.
We are a family-owned business that provides flat-rate prices, and we provide IAQ solutions to these and the surrounding areas in North Carolina:
- Chapel Hill, NC
- Durham, NC
- Hillsborough, NC
- Morrisville, NC
- Roxboro, NC
- Timberlake, NC
- Raleigh, NC
- Wake Forest, NC
Need to improve your home’s air quality? Contact Ted's HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical today.