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A new home constructed today is different than a home built prior to 1970. As a result of the oil embargo of 1973, building codes were changed drastically. The changes made large improvements in energy conservation. These changes meant that homes and buildings became much tighter. As a result, air could no longer pass easily through walls, windows, doors, floors or ceilings.
After these building code changes were made, we began to see homes and buildings developing sick indoor air through the accumulation of mold, volatile organic compounds, and high air particle concentrations. It didn’t take long for a new industry to develop that would address the sick indoor air as more people were experiencing headaches, difficulty breathing, asthma, and neurological symptoms. This new industry is known as indoor air quality.
Since today’s buildings do not let air pass through its “skin” or envelope that means that harmful things begin to accumulate inside the building while healthy air from the outside cannot get in. Some of the examples include:
- Volatile organic compounds from cleaners and chemicals used in the home.
- Volatile organic compounds from chemicals used in the production of home furnishings such as carpet, furniture upholstery, stains and varnishes from cabinets, and solvents used in paint.
- Humidity levels increase in the summer causing mold and mildew to grow under carpets, in wall cavities, and on furniture.
- Humidity levels decrease in the winter due to home heating which causes wood trim, hardwood floors, antiques, and furniture to shrink and crack.
- Pollen, mold and mildew spores grow in high concentration and are just recirculated through the home’s HVAC system.
- Dead skin and dander from humans and pets also grow in concentration and recirculate as well.
To address all of these sick air contributors a line of whole house indoor air quality solutions has been created. These solutions consist of filtering the bad stuff out of the air, using ultraviolet light to kill living air contaminants and humidification control.
Whole Home Filtration Systems
Your standard heating and air conditioning filter only remove about 5-10% of the particle contaminants in your indoor air. A h
Ultraviolet Light Systems
Ultraviolet light uses short wavelength light that damages the genetic material of microorganisms like mold, bacteria and viruses. This means that UV lights help to sanitize the indoor air while also sanitizing the inside of the HVAC system. UV lights work best when they are used in combination with whole house HEPA filtration and whole house dehumidification through a dehumidifier or an infinity comfort system with Perfect Humidity®.
Whole Home Humification Systems
In the winter as the heating system works to keep the indoor air warm it also causes lower humidity levels. As you heat the indoor air, the air particles expand. This expansion causes the relative humidity level to drop. When this happens everything in your home begins to release moisture in the air. Carpets, furniture, wood and more. When the moisture leaves these items, they begin to shrink causing cracks. Lower indoor humidity also causes your nasal and larynx passages to dry out and crack. This is what causes the “dry cough” and dry mouth in the winter. It also can cause sinus bleeding and chronic sore throats.
A whole house steam humidifier works with your homes heating and air conditioning system. As the HVAC system runs the steam humidifier releases warm steam into the air train. A humidistat located near your thermostat or your infinity system controls turns the steam humidifier on and off to maintain an ideal indoor humidity level.
Humidified indoor air also feels warmer at lower temperatures. Homeowners who have ever experienced the comfort of a steam humidifier frequently make the statement that they will never be without one again.
Whole Home Dehumidification Systems
In the summer, the humidity levels get way too high. This means that the humidity levels in your house also get way too high. When humidity levels get above 45-50% mold can begin to grow, and indoor air quality issues quickly get out of hand. If you have a single speed HVAC system, then your system will not run long enough to address the humidity levels properly. In this
Another new innovation in indoor air quality is that of cold plasma technology. Using a new patented technology cold plasma works very effectively to control odors, mold, viruses and bacteria in the conditioned space. These systems quickly install on your indoor unit and work 24/7 to clean the indoor air. These plasma systems have an incredible number of testimonials from end users where some odor was a problem and these systems remedied the issue. Plasma systems are also very popular with pet owners.