Air quality is a very important aspect to any homeowner. There are a lot of different products and services you can invest in to keep the air you and your family breathe of high quality.
Filters are used to protect your system and keep the dust and dirt that’s in your home from getting into your blower and evaporator coil. There are many different types of air filters you can get for your system. Air cleaners take filtration to the next level and remove dust, dirt, mold, and pollen from circulating through your home. We have listed the options below for filtration and air cleaning from basic to best.
Paper Filter (3% – 15% efficient)
This type of filter is the bare minimum and the most popular type of filter used. Paper filters are available at most supermarkets and drug stores and are meant to be thrown away every month or so. If you want to protect yourself there are alternatives that work better and last a lot longer (and cost less in the long run). At Total Comfort, we do not recommend paper filters.
Washable Filter (3% – 20% efficient)
Permanent, washable filters work just like the paper filters, but they can be removed, cleaned and used over and over. We do not recommend washable filters.
Electrostatic Air Filters (50% – 80% efficient)
Electrostatic air filters are installed just like a regular paper filter, but they are generally 1 inch thick, multi- layered, permanent and washable. They are much more effective than a standard filter.
Electrostatic air filters are usually too restrictive to allow proper airflow for today’s higher efficiency furnaces. Reduced airflow makes the furnace overheat, age faster and work harder than it should to heat your home. It also makes your air conditioner more expensive to use. We do not recommend electrostatic filters.
Media Filter (50% – 80% efficient)
Media filters function a lot like electrostatic filters but with one major difference. Media filters have more than 10 times the area and are generally 4-5 inch pleated paper disposable filters. This means they offer good airflow even when dirty. Media filters must be installed professionally because of their size and will require replacement once or twice a year. We recommend media filters.
Electronic Air Cleaner (98% efficient)
Electronic air cleaners use electricity to create a magnetic charge that traps particles. The actual filter sections, or cells, can be removed and cleaned. You have to be sure to keep them clean or the effectiveness will be reduced, but you still won’t have to keep buying filters. Electronic air cleaners initially cost more than media filters, but are more efficient and cost less in the long run. The downside is they take up more space than a regular filter. If you have the space to install one, it’s a great system. We recommend electronic air cleaners.
Trane CleanEffects (99.98% efficient)
TRANE CleanEffects utilizes patented breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA filters and 100 times more effective than a standard 1 filter or ionic-type room appliance.
TRANE CleanEffects was performance-tested by LMS Technologies and Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc, with the results verified by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health, so you know you’re getting an expert air-filtration system like no other. Not even the tiniest allergens can escape! We recommend Trane CleanEffects.
If you have more questions about air filtration or which filter to use, feel free to contact us.
Total home ultraviolet air purification systems install into your existing ductwork. As air passes by the ultraviolet bulbs, ultraviolet energy literally destroys almost all disease-causing organisms in the air. Popular Mechanics names ultraviolet air purifiers as one of the three great furnace add-ons to improve the air quality of your home.
If you have additional questions about air purification or ultraviolet air purification systems, please contact us. Total Comfort has been serving homes for over 50 years.
If your home was built within the last fifteen years, please pay special attention to this section. It contains valuable information about your home’s air quality.
One of the most critical and underestimated aspects of a home is ventilation. Today, everyone has airtight homes built with more efficient materials. Now, the management of moisture will often decide the fate of your home. Through back drafting and poorly designed ventilation, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, sulfur dioxide, excessive water vapor, mold and pollens can get trapped in your home. Studies show that these problems are manifested in upper respiratory illnesses, dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue and more permanent problems!
Air-to-air exchangers (heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators) take the old air out, with its moisture, mold, and gases, and bring new outside air in – without losing warmth and/or coolness.
During a typical closed home season (the height of winter or summer), the same air is re-circulated through your home. If you get sick, recirculation of the same stale air helps you stay sick. The only fresh air you get is randomly brought into the home through cracks, windows, doorways and back drafting down the exhaust flue.
A properly balanced, sized and installed home air ventilation system will replace your entire homes air supply every three hours. If it is not properly balanced, sized and installed – it could make things worse!
Whether it is the improved quality of the air, the removal of harmful gases, or the management of moisture to stave off mildew, mold and wood rot – the cost of a top-grade mechanical ventilation system is negligible compared to the cost of fixing the problems caused by poor ventilation.
It is one of the easiest decisions to make once you know the facts. Total Comfort takes special care to improve the air quality for all of our customers through proper air ventilation systems. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.
Humidity gets a bad rap. Even though we need water to feel and look healthy. With a Total Comfort install or replace of your humidifier system, we help to relieve dry, itchy skin, allergies and respiratory problems, and improve hair and complexion. Quite simply, you’ll breathe easier, sleep better and feel healthier.
During the winter, the air dries out and gaps may appear in your hardwood floors, table-tops may shrink slightly and pianos can lose pitch as wood adjusts to temperature and humidity changes. A humidifier system reduces the chance of permanently damaging your precious possessions and reduces the build-up of static electricity.
As HVAC contractors, we think the most important reason to add a humidifier is for the very reason you hate humidity in the summer… it makes you feel warmer. A few added degrees of humidity will translate to a few added degrees of warmth which means you can lower your thermostat and achieve the same level of comfort. Lower thermostats mean lower utility bills.
Every home generates and maintains moisture. Lots of humidity can cause your home to feel stuffy and create a setting in which contaminants flourish.
A dehumidifier is specifically engineered to control moisture in your home, allowing you greater levels of comfort. Here are just a few benefits of dehumidifiers:
- Quiet operation goes undetected
- Built-in ventilation improves the air quality in your home
- Fan cycling can help improve overall performance
- Maintains the value of your home by preventing damage from excess humidity.
Talk with us to find the installation that is perfectly designed for you, your family and your home.