Most allergies are caused by pollen or mould spores, but there are, in fact, up to 72 trillion allergens found in most homes.
- These can range from pet dander floating in the air to dust mites in bedding, upholstery, and other soft material to VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) off-gassing from plastics, carpets, furniture, vinyl floors and even dry-cleaned clothing, all of which can become airborne and generate irritating waste particles.
- And then there’s the dust. The average home generates about 40 pounds of dust per year per 1,400 square feet of space. Add to this the other allergenic materials mentioned above and combine it with more modern airtight construction and you have a recipe for poor indoor air quality that requires a solution “ionic-type” appliances simply cannot deliver.
Fortunately, there are now several highly effective products available that can significantly improve the indoor air quality of your home, business or condo.
Air Cleaners and HEPA Filters
A whole-area air cleaner like the Trane® CleanEffects™ can help remove these tiny particles, combating the potential for asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home or business. Air cleaners and HEPA filters can catch dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, and more, leaving behind only fresh, clean air.
Dry air can lead to a dry nose, cracked and itchy skin, sore throats, and other allergy and asthma symptoms. It can cause frequent static shocks, chip paint and plaster, and crack wood floors, furniture, and trim. Dry air also makes the air temperature feel cooler, making your heating unit work overtime to reach the right comfort level.
Humidifiers can help protect you, your family, and your home from the damaging effects of over-dry air with just the right amount of moisture. While temperature is often an important factor of any building’s comfort, dry air should also be considered especially in dry winter weather.
Invest in a Trane whole-house humidifier and discover the benefits today. This humidifier can be permanently installed in your central heating and cooling system for worry-free control over the whole unit.
Indoor Air FAQs
We spend 90% of our time indoors and due to more efficient insulation (creating more airtight houses), our homes are now better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside the home. With rising numbers of people suffering from allergies and asthma, indoor air quality has become more and more important to our general health and well being.
A wide range of particulate matter exists within a home:
- Animal hair & dander
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Cooking grease
Imbalanced indoor humidity levels can make the situation worse.
Yes. It is impossible to completely combat the amount of dust generated in the average home. While regular cleaning is an excellent measure to reduce exposure to irritants and pollutants, cleaning products themselves can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Absolutely. There are a range of portable HEPA units capable of moving high volumes of air through their filters making them ideal as additional protection in baby nurseries, children’s bedrooms, or condos where other indoor air quality products may not be able to be installed. These portable units are not available in stores and have considerably lower running costs than over-the-counter products because of more efficient motors.