Indoor air quality

How clean is the air you breathe?
Indoor air pollution is a serious health hazard affecting millions of Americans. Researchers claim it contributes to more than half of all the illnesses, including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma and more. A surprising number of contaminant sources thrive in the indoor environment. Common household pollutants include dust, mold, pollen, and insect remains. Air conditioning and heating systems are perfect collection points for airborne pollutants like dust and mold spores. The moist temperate environment is an ideal habitat for fungi and bacteria to flourish.Reducing the sources of contaminants that may trigger adverse health reactions is an important part of keeping indoor air clean. Cleaning the air conditioning and heating system will remove allergens like dust and mold from the air distribution system that serves the indoor environment. But doing the job effectively requires the right combination of superior technology and attention to workmanship. That’s why you need the experts at AAA Furnace & Air Conditioning Company.

Most furnaces have disposable filters that should be replaced every 30 days of operation. These filters are designed to remove larger particles and mostly designed to protect the equipment from clogging and over heating. They are not effective at filtering pollutants that can cause discomfort and trigger health issues. By upgrading your central air filtration system you could drastically reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies. The TRANE CleanEffects whole house air filtration system is 100 time more effective than a throw away filter and is 99.98% effective at removing particles as small as .3 microns. These include pollutants like mold spores, cooking and tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust mites, and aerosols. A new whole house air cleaner can be installed as part of a new or existing system.

UV Air Purification Systems
Ultraviolet light breaks organic molecular bonds. As micro-organisms pass through a field of UV rays radiated from an ultraviolet lamp, this bond breakage translates into cellular or genetic damage for micro-organisms, such as germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi (like molds), etc. This results in the destruction of the micro-organisms. The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) recommends the use of a UV Air Purification System in tandem with a whole house air filtration system. Installing UV lights in a residential air handling unit will improve indoor air quality by controlling airborne and surface microbial growth. The Air Institute of Respiratory Education suggests UV lights be used for indoor air quality purposes, and states that it may be the final line of defense against those diseases that have developed resistance to drugs, such as tuberculosis and others. Ask an associate to explain the benefit of installing a UV system in your home.
Zone Systems

We are experts at designing and installing residential zone systems with 2 or more zones. A zone system will allow you in some cases to split a single system into multiple comfort zones by using motorized dampers controlled by remote digital thermostats. A two-story home may be 20 degrees hotter upstairs in the summer and over heated in the winter. With zone control we can send most of the cooling capacity upstairs to cool the heat load and allow the cool air to naturally fall downstairs. In the winter heat rises and when you may be chilly downstairs, while the furnace runs the bedrooms are being over heated. By turning on the downstairs zone and letting the warm air rise to the upstairs rooms, your home can be more evenly heated or cooled all year long. Some recommendations might be to install two separate systems one upstairs and one downstairs, or at opposite ends of a large home. Depending on the size of the system you need a zoned duct system might eliminate the need for two systems.
Energy Recovery Ventilators

Today’s homes are more tightly constructed with better insulation, new windows and doors. While we try to protect our families from the outdoor elements, the quality of the air you breathe in your home could be much worse. The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the the top five environmental risks to public health. studies indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be 25 times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. In general, indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

By installing a TRANE FreshEffects Energy Recovery Ventilator you can effectively reduce the effects of household pollutants.

Normally humidifiers are installed in places where the winter months are extremely cold and dry. In our mild Bay Area climate there are still plenty of benefits to owning a whole house humidifier. They can help maintain comfort all year by keeping your relative humidity above 50% indoors. Which eliminates static electricity and can protect home furnishing and window coverings from drying out and discoloring.