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Home Allergies

Allergies Giving You Trouble? Benefits of an Electronic Air Cleaner 

Home Allergies

More than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies. Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, and cockroach droppings can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms in millions of allergy sufferers. In fact, a survey published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that at least six allergens were detectable in more than more than 50 percent of homes. Carried in through the air, allergens can be found on furniture, floors, and other surfaces around the house. While no home can be completely allergen-free, a whole-home air cleaner can be EXTREMELY effective at removing allergens.

Allergens collect in pillows, mattresses, duvets, upholstery and carpets and your standard air filter is limited by the size of the filter pores. HVAC air filters are important for removing contaminants from the air to improve your home’s air quality. The better the air quality, the better your HVAC system runs and the better your family’s health. Standard filters are very dense, and they stop dust by trapping it in a porous filter. “Pressure drop” is caused when a filter’s porous material is too small to allow for proper airflow in the system.

The way to beat that is by having the finest filter materials in a separate unit called an electronic air cleaner.

Small Particles, Large Effects

Trane CleanEffects for Allergy Problems

The Trane CleanEffects Air Purifier can help with your seasonal allergies.

Particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns or less. At that size, allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t filtered well by your nose and throat. An effective Trane air cleaner, such as Trane CleanEffects™, can reduce the presence of potential asthma and allergy attack triggers in your home, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria.

Patented Innovation

The Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner utilizes patented, breakthrough air cleaning technology to remove up to an astounding 99.98% of airborne allergens from the air that passes through the filter. It catches particles as small as .1 micron, making it 8 times more effective than even the best HEPA room filters and up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1-inch filter.

It is able to remove of up to 99.98% of particles and allergens from your filtered indoor air. It removes particles as small as .1 microns – 1/1,000th the diameter of a human hair – a size that eludes most air cleaners.

No Replacement Filters To Buy

Maintenance is as simple as looking at Cleaning indicators easily visible on the outside of the unit. Cleaning the filters requires you to just vacuum or rinse them once every 3 to 9 months (depending on usage).

If you’re interested in having the best air quality for your home, or concerns about your families allergies, give us a call at 817-488-6733 and schedule a consultation. Trane Clean Effects systems are the premier whole-home air cleaning solutions.

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THUMD Power Humidifier

Winter Air Making Your House Uncomfortably Dry? Advantages of a Whole House Humidifier

THUMD Power Humidifier

THUMD Power Humidifier

Winter has come and with the weather comes winter colds, flu, and respiratory infections.  Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather.  A dry, scratchy throat is a common symptom — especially during the cold winter months when the air is dry and upper respiratory infections are spreading. One of the reasons that these illnesses are so prevalent in winter is because they thrive in a low-humidity environment.

You’re likely familiar with how drastic a dry-heat is from a humid heat but may not recognize how much a role humidity plays in winter comfort levels as well. Low humidity levels make your home feel colder, dry out your skin and make it easier to spread contagions. These conditions can also damage your home, and by correcting the condition with a whole house humidifier, you can protect your property and your loved ones.

A Whole House Humidifier is Not a Portable Humidifier

You have probably seen the portable humidifiers that plug into the wall and spray a mist into the room. These are able to control at best, one room at a time. They require frequent maintenance as the water can become a bacteria breeding ground. The water needs to be regularly changed and the machine cleaned.

A whole house humidifier is installed directly into your ductwork. These systems use the same ductwork that your central heating system uses. This allows the unit to deliver safe and appropriate humidity to the entire home. When your furnace cycles and heats the air in your home, that air is also humidified.

The maintenance is generally about as complicated as replacing the humidifier pad or filter once per year. If you have a steam unit, it just needs to be cleaned annually.

There is also a humidistat that allows you to dial in the preferred level of humidity.

Health and Comfort – What else?

Humidity also protects hardwood floors and furniture from damage. A dry environment can cause hardwood floors to dry out and crack. A more humid environment can make furniture last longer in the same condition as well. It also allows you to turn down your thermostat, reducing heating costs because a properly humidified home feels warmer than a cold dry one. As a long term investment, it saves you money and is a better way to provide health and comfort to your family versus portable units.

The cost of running them should only add a few pennies to your water bill.

Give us a call at 817-488-6733 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options if you’re finding yourself with an uncomfortably dry throat this season.

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Preparing Your Home For Winter Weather

Preparing Your Home For Winter Weather

Preparing Your Home For Winter Weather

North Texas winters are cold and often icy. We may not have the extreme snow other parts of the nation get, but old man Winter doesn’t skip us entirely. There are still enough Winter weather problems that taking steps to prepare your home makes sense. You may not remember you have a furnace until it is time to heat the house up, and you may have smelled something unpleasant as it gets going. Here are a few tips to start preparing your home for winter weather:

We strongly suggest that you clean your furnace every autumn, but if you weren’t able to get to it until winter this year, it isn’t too late.

Furnace Maintenance

Sediment buildup can cause your system to work less effectively and can eventually become a fire hazard. An inspection and cleaning will keep it working in top shape for years to come.

Another basic furnace maintenance step is replacing the filter. You should know what kind of filter your system uses and how to do the replacement.

We often open our vents to let fresh air in, but now is definitely the time to track them down and make sure they have all been closed again. Winter heating costs add up, and basically at the heart of any winterizing activity to keep costs down, buttoning up the house is the main idea.

Weather-Stripping and Stopping Air Leaks

Weather-stripping and caulk should be used to make sure there are no air leaks. Prime places for leaks are garage doors, windows, and door frames. As part of a seasonal checklist, make sure you look for any damage on these parts of the home and replace as appropriate.

Preparing the Outside of the Home

Freezing water can burst pipes, and damage water systems. Clean out all gutters and disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves. There are also insulated covers you can purchase to keep over your water valves to winterize them.

Insulation Saves Money

Insulate walls and attics well. We can help you if your home is older with getting newer, efficient insulation installed. During attic inspections, it is a good idea to look for and repair any roof leaks. Tree branches are another roof danger that could cause real problems if they become weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house. Take steps to trim them up before they crash through and cause a real winter nightmare.

Insulation isn’t the only thing that may be out of date. Today, there are programmable thermostats that can let you track and remotely adjust your home’s temperature. Again, please give us a call if you have any questions.

 

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