Whole Home Humidifier
Whole home humidification has a reputation for commonly and unfairly being deemed as problematic or doesn't work well. Chances are that it is just not understood nor are the units well maintained. Lets start with the first misconception or reason of being problematic. Units that leak or spread mold through the house are caused by lack of maintenance and improper usage. The water panels in the units are designed to have a cascading trickle of water down them as air blows past, absorbing some of the water. The panels can have hard water build up from your homes water supply, or other mineral deposits that cause the cascading water to trickle off path, and leak outside of the designed drain pan. Depending on the amount of run time, the water panel should be changed at least once a year, more often with extreme conditions. The second issue is about mold. While we are not mold experts we can give you some facts. Mold normally grows in an environment with humidity levels over 55%+/-. Most homes have a hard time getting to 50% humidity, also known as a comfort level. If the system is ran properly, 50% humidity is achievable with little effort. That leads into the last misconception of whole home humidifiers, is that they don't work well. With proper installation and system operation a home can get to the comfort level of 50% relative humidity. A whole home humidifier can improve comfort through the entire home. It can help reduce scratchy throat, dry skin or static shock that may be a result of low humidity levels.
Whole Home Dehumidifier
Now to trade sides, dehumidification can be a little tricky. In the warm summer months when it's thick and sticky, you want nothing but a cool dry home. Your homes central air conditioners is responsible for pulling humidity out of the air, and during the spring and fall seasons when your A/C doesn't run as much, you may feel a little stuffy in your home. This is due to short run periods of the A/C, while it may only take a short time to bring the temperature down in the home, high humidity levels won't be affected. A whole home dehumidifier can accommodate for the shorter run periods during these seasons. Unlike the noisy portable units that only take the humidity out of one room, while heating it up at the same time. A whole home dehumidifier can be a stand alone unit in a basement or crawl space or can be a part of your central heating and cooling system. Our DV series unit can remove up to 155 pints of water per day, that's over 19 gallons of water. In addition to being able to remove humidity from your home, the unit can also be used to bring in outside fresh air.
Electronic Air Cleaners
The standard whole home air filtration is often over looked, your furnace filter is the only way to filter the air air you breath in your entire home. Commonly under appreciated filters can help reduce the spread of dust, bacteria, viruses and more from your breathing air. These units can filter out particles as small as 0.3 microns, and trap them in a filter to be tossed in the garbage instead of your lungs. The AE10 series electronic air filters are a great hybrid product with little to no retro fitting needed. They are 1 inch thick and can be wired into almost any system in a short amount of time. The old days of hard to clean filters and components are over, the AE10's media can be changed in 5 minutes and is only typically needed every 4 months.
When circumstances allow for a higher efficiency and better filtration, a 4 inch thick AE14 series unit can filter down to 0.1 microns. These units will have all the benefits of the smaller models but will be enhanced immensely. Washable pre-filters are the first step to remove large debris and dust, followed by the ionizing wires to charge the remaining particles. Once charged the particles are trapped on collector plates with an opposite charge. And lastly the air passes through an activated carbon post filter to remove airborne odors, chemicals and gasses from tobacco and cooking smoke, household cleaners, carpets and paints. The maintenance on these units are simple and easy. Just rinse the pre-filters with warm water and let dry completely, and wipe down the ionizing wires and collector plates with a DAX soap detergent. When done every 3-4 months, you can enjoy fresh clean air in your home every day.
U.V. Air Purifiers
Ultraviolet light is being used to sterilize everything form surgical equipment to tattoo guns. This is done because of it effectiveness and how easy it is. Now the technology is being brought into your homes HVAC system. A simple UC series UV coil purifier is installed over the indoor evaporator coil, where condensate collects to be drained out of the air in your home. This is done to have continuous disinfection of the coil to help lower the risk of biological growth circulating through your home.
A step up from a UC coil light is a UA series air purifier. The UA series has a "J" shaped light with a sterilizing chamber. This "Turbulater" slows down and spins the air entering the reflective chamber to increase the exposure time. This results a substantially higher deactivation of microbes passing through the unit.
Media Cabinets & Filter Racks
Do you have to tear part your furnace to get to a filter inside the unit? Do you neglect changing the filter because its such a pain? Filter racks and media cabinets allow for easy and simple filter service to your homes HVAC system. The standard 1 inch filter rack can be installed on almost any system, and can allow for 30 second filter changes.
With IAQ becoming more and more important in today's homes, a media cabinet can allow for a 5 inch media filter. These filters have a significant increase in surface area allowing for higher air flow capacities while trapping more debris out of the air stream.
HRV's & ERV's