Indoor Air Quality Services

The air quality in your home can directly impact the health of your family. Without the correct units for your home, and the necessary maintenance, your air ducts and heating and cooling systems can become a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, mold, and more. 

Air Quality Solutions

Dehumidifiers

Humidity levels tend to be significantly higher in the summer. If the air in your home is too humid, it will feel damp and warmer than it actually is. This might cause you to turn the temperature down and make the system work harder than necessary. A dehumidifier will help dry out unnecessary moisture in your home, and make the air much more comfortable. Click here to read more about the importance of dehumidifiers.

Humidifiers

In the colder months, the air outside and in your home is much drier. This can lead to cold and flu symptoms like itchy throat, dry eyes and skin, and more. It can also make the air feel much colder than it is. A humidifier will balance out the moisture levels and improve the quality of the air in your home. Click here to for more information about the importance of humidifiers and a breakdown of the different types of humidifiers available.

Duct Cleaning

The average house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust, and allergens in its air ducts each year. This could be a problem since dust bunnies can contain a host of unhealthy bacteria, fungi, and mold. Depending on the type of HVAC system you have, your air duct system should be cleaned roughly every 7 years. Otherwise, you risk ingesting harmful contaminants from the air circulating in your home. Click here to read more.

Air Filters

Most heating and cooling systems employ a filter to stay clean and operate efficiently. Filters must be changed (or cleaned, depending on the type of filter used by your system) regularly to allow proper airflow. If filters get dirty and/or clogged, airflow is restricted, making your HVAC system work harder. In addition, the air that does get circulated will likely contain significant amounts of dirt and debris. Click here for more information.

UV Lights

UV lights are used to kill airborne mold, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and even help with eliminating odors in the home. They also keep the interior of your HVAC system clean, extending the life of the system. For more information about UV lights, click here.

We Have solutions for:

  • Allergies
  • Bacteria
  • Chemicals
  • Dust
  • Dust Mites
  • Germs
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Mold
  • Odors
  • Pet Dander
  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Viruses

Air Sterilization

Your Home could be Making You Sick

To understand why many of today’s health problems can be caused by the home you live in, you need to look back a few years to see what caused this to happen. You see, during the energy crisis of the early 1970s, highly insulated “tight” homes became popular because of their potential to reduce energy costs.

Within a few years, however, complaints started to arise, due to health, and excessive moisture issues caused by indoor pollution, and associated moisture problems within these homes.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, indoor air quality became a nationally recognized issue. Even today, newer and more energy-efficient homes seem predisposed to the problem. In addition, they retain more humidity and airborne pollutants, which causes longer life-spans, and more productive cycles of microbial activity within the home, such as mold, germs, bacteria and viruses.

This greater activity and concentration of these airborne contaminants, equates to more allergic reactions, and sickness within families, for longer periods of time.

Black mold on bathroom wall

Mold: A Survivor

Why is mold so difficult to control? Mold is at the bottom of the food chain. It thrives on very little, grows rapidly, and produces spores, volatile organic compounds, and other toxins. One organism can multiply to trillions in less than three weeks. When given the right conditions, mold can occur anywhere; in homes, schools, workplaces, entertainment centers, vehicles, etc.

The interior of your ductwork and air conditioning equipment, provides an ideal environment for mold growth – especially in the air conditioners inside drain-pan where it is dark, damp, and filled with nutrients. The result can be like blowing air over a swamp or through a sewer and then into your home, vehicle, or workplace.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems and allergies may be mold-related. Some IAQ diagnosticians and practitioners today say the figure may be as high as 80%. The increased usage of air conditioning systems almost directly parallels the increase of allergies and IAQ problems.

As mold and bacteria grow on coils and in drain pans, they are disseminated through the ducts to occupied spaces. Some mold products (toxins) produce serious and sometimes life-threatening reactions, including allergies, asthma, hypersensitivity, pneumonitis, and, in some extreme cases, even bleeding lung disease.

Additionally, mold creates a troublesome maintenance problem. Its activity results in dirty coils, a loss of air-flow, loss of heat exchange efficiency, dirty and sometimes plugged drain pans, and excessive energy use.

Using UVC Technology

We have found that the most successful way to handle system mold is through Ultraviolet (UV) germicidal lights.

Ultraviolet light has been used to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation’s Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proven to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively. The UVC energy attacks the organism’s DNA and either destroys it immediately or prevents it from reproducing.

For most people, the original motivation for installing the lights is to abate IAQ complaints and/or allergies. However, they are also pleased to learn that many hidden odors are also eliminated with UV technology.

Using Ionic Oxidation Technology

Dust Free®’s Active Air Purifier utilizes ionic oxidation technology plus negative ionization to target poor indoor air quality in the home.
  • Dual active air purification technologies provide a complete IAQ  (Indoor Air Quality) solution for your home.

  • Reduces particulate matter such as dust and dander by improving the performance of your existing filtration system.

  • Innovative carbon fiber brushes increase ion production.

  • Effective against biological growth, bacteria, odors, VOC’s, and more, in the air and on surfaces.

  • Expanded range ballast for increased electrical reliability.

  • Auxiliary power port to power an additional 24V Germicidal UV-C light allowing to easily add an additional UV light to any HVAC system.

The Importance of Furnace Filters

Why check and change your filters regularly?

The purpose of HVAC filters is to clean the air being circulated throughout your home. The system pulls the air through the filter, which catches and holds onto dust particles, pet dander, bacteria, etc. The air that passes through is then cleaner and healthier for your family to breathe in.

Filters must be changed or cleaned regularly. Whether your filter needs to be changed or cleaned, as well as the interval between, will depend on the type of filter and/or system you have. Lifestyle factors like whether you have pets, carpeting or children, and how often you vacuum and dust will also affect how often filters need to be changed or cleaned.

If filters are not maintained properly, dust and other particles will build up, restricting airflow to and from the HVAC system. Without proper circulation, the air in your home can become unhealthy for your family.

A poorly maintained system, including one with dirty filters, has to work harder to clean and circulate the air. This can significantly cut down on the life of your HVAC system.

If you notice your indoor allergies worsening, or more dust accumulation than usual, it might be time to change your air filter. But if you are changing the filter regularly, and still having this issue, you might want to consider upgrading to a high efficiency filter.

High Efficiency Filters

The majority of residential HVAC systems work with a basic, inexpensive filters. However, if you suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues, or have multiple pets, you may benefit greatly from permanent, high efficiency filters. These are the same type of filters used in in hospitals, labs and other “clean” environments, and offer a stronger level of air filtration.

Humidifier Options

It’s important for our health and comfort to maintain the correct balance of humidity in your home, office, and anywhere else you spend a lot of time.  Without the right balance, indoor air can end up being way too dry. Dry air can cause a variety of problems, not only for your comfort and health, but also for the health of your home.

Central/Whole House Humidifier – Ducted

  • Built into HVAC system
  • Humidifies the entire home
  • Monthly cleaning required
  • Most expensive option

Whole House Humidifier – Console

  • Not attached to HVAC system
  • Humidifies multiple rooms/entire home, depending on size
  • Large multi-gallon tank, which is refilled every few days
  • Must be cleaned weekly
  • Placed in central location of the house

Wick/Evaporative

  • A fan pulls air through a water-saturated wick, and then pushes the air (water vapor) out
  • Cost efficient
  • Humidifies one room
  • Must be cleaned regularly

Steam Vaporizer/Warm Mist

  • Water is boiled until it vaporizes
  • Quiet
  • Typically the least expensive option
  • Humidifies one room
  • Helps room feel warmer
  • Emits warm/hot steam that can harm small children or animals

Impeller

  • Water passes through a spinning disc, which breaks it down into tiny droplets and disperses them into a cool mist
  • Good for humidifying larger rooms
  • Must be cleaned after every use
  • Filters should be changed regularly
  • Larger unit
  • Noisy

Ultrasonic

  • Uses high frequency vibrations (similar to a speaker) to push tiny droplets of water into the air
  • Quiet
  • No filters to replace
  • Must be cleaned regularly

Digital Setback Thermostat

A digital setback thermostat allows you to set it, and forget it! With this type of thermostat, you can program the temperature to automatically adjust when you are away from home, or asleep – Cooler during the winter and warmer during the summer. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re away by reducing the energy needed to heat and cool your home.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a digital setback thermostat, but not sure which one is right for you, TriState can help! Call our office to speak with one of our representatives, or ask your technician during our next maintenance visit.

Aprilaire thermostat

Carbon Monoxide Detector

An Important Line of Defense for Your Family

The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning is not something to be taken lightly. Carbon monoxide detectors are an important line of defense and should be a top priority in every household. We recommend having one CO detector on each floor of your home, including near your HVAC unit.