Indoor Air Quality
Findings from leading experts on clean air and you:
You’ve probably seen a lot of air cleaning technologies being advertised on TV. And what many products claim can be difficult to believe. In fact, a leading consumer magazine recently challenged the effectiveness of many of these air cleaning products.
That’s why when we say TRANE CleanEffects™ is the world’s most effective whole-house air filtration system, we back it up with research from some of the industry’s leading experts, including professors Dr. John McCarthy and Dr. John Spengler from the Harvard School of Public Health.
The risks and who’s affected:
- The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.
- EPA studies indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be 25 times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
- More than 15 million Americans are estimated to have asthma, including 1-in-13 school-age children.
- In the last 30 years, the number of people with asthma has gone up by almost 60%.
- 87% of American homeowners are unaware that pollution may be worse inside their homes than outdoors.
- The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 30% of newly constructed and remodeled facilities have indoor air quality problems.
- Because they breathe faster than adults, children inhale 50% more air per pound of bodyweight than adults and are especially sensitive to air quality problems.
- Over 28 million Americans suffer from hay fever and other allergies.
- According to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for half of all illnesses.
Total Air & Heat is the right choice! We stand behind the work we do and offer an industry-leading warranty.
How is TRANE CleanEffects different from the air cleaners I see advertised on TV?
No other air filter can come close to the effectiveness of a TRANE CleanEffects. Take a look at this table to see:
TRANE CleanEffects also generates a minimal amount of ozone, less than 5 PPB (parts per billion), well below the 10 PPB FDA voluntary emission limit for medical devices, and significantly below some ionic-type room appliances that may reach hundreds of PPBs.
Also, since the unit is not typically placed in your home’s living areas like room-size cleaners, there is no annoying noise that can make it difficult to relax.
Clean air is just the beginning…
TRANE CleanEffects provides everyone in your home with the clean air they need without intruding into your living space. It is installed as part of your heating and air conditioning system, not a standalone appliance that is noisy, unsightly, and takes up space in individual rooms.
TRANE CleanEffects, working with your heating and cooling system, does not require a separate fan to filter the air in your home. This provides a quiet, efficient operation and clean air throughout the whole house.
Other benefits include:
- Minimal cleaning
- Indicators on the unit that tell you when it needs a routine cleaning, which is as easy as vacuuming or rinsing after three to nine months (depending on usage)
- Innovative materials increase filter efficiency by increasing the filter surface areas without blocking the air flowing through your system
- Easy installation
- Minimal ozone generated, less than 5 PPB
When comparing air cleaners of any kind, ask us for the clean air delivery rate for that type of air cleaner, and then compare it to the rating for TRANE CleanEffects. You’ll filter more of the air in your home more efficiently than you ever thought possible.
UV Lights: An IAQ Solution
UV light has been used to reduce contaminants and bacteria for years now. You can see the technology in everything from fish tanks to food service; employed to ward off mold growth, bacteria, and common contaminants. Even hospitals use UV light to avoid the circulation of harmful particles and to take advantage of its germicidal properties.
The wavelength of UV light used to remove these harmful substances (specifically UV-C) can break down germs and other biological hazards common in the everyday household. They achieve this by breaking down the nucleic acids in bacteria and mold, thus keeping these contaminants out of your air and out of your HVAC filtration system!
Learn more about the benefits of using UV lights to improve the air quality in your Dallas area home.
Your indoor humidity is another aspect of your air that is crucial to your comfort and well-being. Too-high humidity can lead to mold and damage your belongings, while too-low humidity can cause dry skin and irritation. Total Air offers comprehensive humidity control solutions, including whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers. This way, you can always maintain the ideal humidity level in your Dallas-area home.
Alternatives to Duct Cleaning
Customers often ask if we perform duct cleaning to improve indoor air quality. Here’s why we don’t.
If your goal is indoor air that’s as fresh and healthy as possible, duct cleaning doesn’t make a noticeable difference in homes without an identifiable duct system problem. The EPA doesn’t offer a blanket recommendation but does say duct cleaning has never been shown to prevent health problems.
Most experts agree the only time to clean your home’s air ducts is if there’s a serious problem, such as mold growth. In those cases, you’ll also need to identify the source of the moisture, such as a leaky pipe, and repair it.
The bottom line? Duct cleaning mainly addresses a symptom but not a cause, and it often can create more problems than it solves. That’s why we recommend our customers invest in other indoor air quality solutions that could benefit them more.
Contact Total Air & Heat at 972-881-0020 to learn about your alternate indoor air quality options!
Indoor Air Quality FAQs
I thought pollution was outside. Why should I be worried about my air indoors?
We spend 90% of our time every day indoors. Plus, today’s efficient, airtight homes are excellent at conserving energy, but that also makes them better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside the home.
With the rising number of people suffering from allergies and asthma, indoor air quality has become increasingly important to our general health and well-being.
What does Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) mean?
Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) is recognized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a fair and objective measure of various air cleaner technologies.
CADR provides the number of cubic feet of clean air a unit delivers each minute. A higher CADR means a greater amount of clean air is being delivered to your home.
I keep my home very clean. Could the air in my home still not be clean?
Yes. Consider that the average home generates 40 pounds of dust for every 1500 square feet of space. While regular home cleaning is an excellent measure to reduce exposure to irritants and pollutants, it’s simply impossible to remove enough of the material by hand to make your home’s air as comfortable as it can be.
What can Trane do to help make my home's air cleaner?
The best thing you can do is remove as many of the particles from your home’s air as you can. That’s why we’ve introduced the revolutionary new TRANE CleanEffects air filtration system.
It works as part of your total home comfort system to remove up to an industry-leading 99.98% of the airborne allergens from your home’s filtered air. There is no other system you can buy that matches the effectiveness of TRANE CleanEffects.