Air Purification Systems And Facts About Indoor Air Quality:
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many people spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors. Another EPA study indicates that indoor air pollution may be two to five times higher—and occasionally more than 100 times higher—than outdoor levels. As a result, the EPA has identified indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 urgent environmental risks to public health. Exposure to indoor air pollutants — such as smoke, dust, pet dander, radon, mold and other pollutants— can pose serious health risks and contribute to respiratory disease, asthma and even lung cancer. Here is a great link to the EPA website, (click here) that will illustrate all the potential problems in a home today...
The good news is that GMS offers Indoor Air Quality products that help significantly improve
the air that you breathe in your home.
There are 3 areas that GMS can help you take control of to improve your Indoor Air Quality: Air Filters or Cleaners, Humidity Control and Fresh Air Ventilation. Taking control of these 3 areas will improve the comfort and health of your family and improve the investment and quality of life in your home.
1) Air Filter/Cleaner:
When looking to have a new Air Filter or Air Cleaner installed, the Key number to look at is the Clean Air Delivery Rate or CADR. This is a measure of how much clean air the device can deliver in an hour to your home, the higher the number the better. Below is a list of the different types of Air Filters and Cleaners we offer and the associated average CADR for the device.
GMS offers a range of Air Filters that will capture the dangerous Pollutants and Allergens in your home. They range in size and in quality. A trained GMS technician will be able to help you determine the level and quality of Air Filter that is needed for your home.
1” Media Filter: Average CADR=12
These filters are the front lines of Filtration. They only capture large particles such as Pet Hair or large dust particles. We recommend using additional filtration to a 1” Media Filter. On there own they do not have the ability to remove the smaller more Dangerous Particles.
Room HEPA Filters: Average CADR=150
HEPA Filters are a significant improvement over 1” Media Filters and are often used in conjunction. We offer in room and in-duct HEPA filters that can be easily replace when the time comes to change them.
5” Media or Box Filters: Average CADR=240
These filters take air cleaning even further. They are only offered in an in-duct style, but they are very efficient at removing the dangerous particles from the air and are usually the cost the lease initially but do require that you purchase replacement filters at least annually. We recommend the Trane Perfect Fit Filters which work with any Air Conditioning or Forced Hot Air system.
Whole House Electronic Air Cleaners: Average CADR=660
These filters are more expensive but greatly increase the air quality in the home and are usually recommended for people with allergies, pets or smokers in the home. These products usually do not have a filter that needs to be replaced but do requiring a cleaning at least annually.
TRANE CleanEffects: Average CADR=1200
We fully recommend the Trane Clean Effects Air Cleaner. We believe it is the best In-Duct Air Cleaner available today and gives you the best return on your investment. It does not need any replacement filters. You simply remove and clean the filtering surface when needed (and indicator light is located on the front).
Once GMS has helped you select and then installed an Air Filter, it is important that the filters be changed frequently to ensure they are working properly. If you filters become clogged they will not capture as much and will cause you’re blower fan to work harder to move air through your home. We offer filter reminder programs to ensure you do not run into any problems.
2) Humidity Control:
Believe it or not the level of humidity greatly affects your home. Too much humidity makes you feel warm even in cooler temperatures and allows mold and bacteria to grow in your home. Too little humidity will make you feel colder at warm temperatures while drying out your skin and furniture in your home. The healthy zone for humidity in homes is between 35% and 55%. At GMS we can help you take control of the humidity allowing you to reduce your heating costs and keep you healthier all year round.
- Too Much Humidity:
This is typically a problem during the summer. Once humidity levels reach about 55% we begin to feel warmer then normal. In addition mold and bacteria begin to grow. An Air Conditioning system that is properly installed will remove humidity from your home keeping in the safe zone. If you live in a more humid area or have humidity problems in your home we offer standalone de-humidifiers. We recommend the Honeywell TrueDRY products.
- Too Little Humidity:
Typically during the winter months our homes Humidity levels can get as low at 5%-15%. This begins to dry out your body causing chapped lips and itchy skin. This also causes your body to loose moisture more quickly. Evaporating moisture from your body reduces your skin and body temperature making you feel cold even when it may very well be warm in your home. Preventing humidity levels from getting too low will allow you to feel comfortable at cooler temperatures reducing your heating costs. We offer a full line of in-room and in-duct Humidifiers that will make your home humidity levels comfortable and safe for your home. We recommend the Honeywell TrueSTEAM humidifiers for home with Forced Hot Air.
3) Fresh Air Exchangers and Ventilation:
As homes become better sealed and protected from outdoors the lock in the poor quality air that is in your home. The EPA estimates that the average home indoor Air Quality is 5 times worse then the outside air. At GMS we offer Fresh Air Exchangers and Ventilations systems that will remove unhealthy indoor air and bring in clean outdoor air. We recommend the Trane FreshEFFECTS system which will draw in outdoor air, blow out indoor air, and then transfer the heat between the two so that you do not loose any cooling or heating during the exchange. It is an efficient way of bringing in healthy fresh air into your home without increasing heating or cooling costs.