AIR

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioners will not only cool your home but will provide the optimum levels of humidity. A central air conditioner also provides cleaner, healthier air within your home as circulated air is filtered.

Efficiency is expressed as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER. The minimum SEER for a split system central air conditioner allowed today is 13, so look for units with SEER ratings of 13 or greater. The higher the SEER, the more you can lower your energy costs. 13 Seer units are mostly installed in northren climates but higher SEER units although more cost upfront can definatly help cut down on electrical power usage over time.
Air conditioners are sized to keep up with the peak demand in the middle of summer. There are only a few days per year when the peak temperatures are actually attained. This means that for most of the year the air conditioner is over-sized for the space it was cooling. By choosing a two stage option the air conditioner will operate on first stage running more efficiently and at a lower sound level.
Air Conditioner installations can vary a great deal. How much work to bring the installation up to code and the working conditions both inside and outside the home are definite factors. Generally speaking most Air Conditioner installations are completed inside a six hours.
Permits are not only required but you as a homeowner should insist that the air conditioner gets inspected. Installations that do not meet code can cause serious problems and even death. Furthermore your homeowners insurance does have the legal right to not provide compensation in the event that the poor installation caused the loss. Permits in most area cost around $100.00-$150.00 and for the piece of mind that the installation is up to code and your insurance remains intact is well worth it.
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Air Filtration

There may be more in your home than you know. In fact, the air inside your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. Because while today’s better insulated homes do a great job of keeping out the elements, they also hold in airborne particles that can aggravate breathing difficulties.

Introducing Trane CleanEffects,™ the patented whole-house air filtration from a recognized industry leader. Designed from the ground up to clean the air like nothing before, CleanEffects makes the air in your home feel cleaner and fresher than you thought possible. As an accessory to your matched Trane system, CleanEffects:

  • Removes up to an incredible 99.98% of allergens from filtered air.
  • Traps particles as small as .1 micron in size.
  • Up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1” filter.
  • Can reduce your need to dust by up to 50%. • Performance verified by leading experts at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Clean air delivery rate (efficiency times airflow rate) is recognized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a fair and objective measure of various air cleaner technologies

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Air Humidification

When air becomes too dry, moisture is drawn from people, plants, wood, wool, cotton and even your pets. The results can be damaging, expensive, uncomfortable and unhealthy.

Many doctors recommend humidifiers for allergy and asthma sufferers. Research has shown that 40% to 60% relative humidity is ideal for today’s homes. Outside this range, bacteria, fungi, viruses and mites thrive.

Maintaining proper relative humidity provides a comfortable environment for your woodwork, your furniture, your plants, your pets and especially you and your family

If you had a steam or an evaporative humidification that were both rated at the same capacities (example 16 gallons per day) how do you decide which one to use? We will typically tell you to use and evaporative humidifier if you have a forced hot air furnace.

Evaporative humidifiers Pros: they cost less to purchase, use very little electricity, easy maintenance, replacing the evaporative water panel annually is inexpensive. Cons: they only work on forced air systems with hot air or hot water, they use larger amounts of water.

Steam humidifiers Pros: they produce humidity without hot air or hot water, the can be used in homes without any forced air systems. Cons: they cost more to purchase and use a lot of electricity to run, increased maintenance, the steam canisters cost more to replace annually than evaporative water panels.

Having a whole home humidifier adds moisture to the air to prevent dryness that can cause irritation in many parts of the body. Humidifiers can be particularly effective to help relief dry skin, nose, throat, and lips.Humidity acts as a natural moisturizing agent that can relieve dryness. For this reason, humidifiers are often used for relieving:

· dry skin
· sinus congestion
· dry throat
· nose irritation
· bloody noses
· irritated vocal cords
· dry cough
· cracked lips

You may be prone to these discomforts when the air in your home is dry. This is especially common during winter months

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