The “air” quality you breathe is just as important as the heating and cooling quality is for your bodily comfort. All Aqua Zone Comfort units will be equipped with replaceable or washable air filters to keep your air clean.
Air Filter Feature:
High efficiency 99.99% (absorb less than 0.5μm particulates including PM2.5 in)
Frame - Plastic (PP or ABS)
Water-resistant paper frame
Glass fiber washable static media
PP melt blown media
Seal strip (optional):
EPDM( high resilience)
PU (high density)
Perspective from a Guest Contributor
Here's a surprising fact: Eighty-seven percent of American homeowners don't know that pollution may be worse inside their homes than outdoors, according to the American Lung Association. So we asked Ron Fallon with the Indoor Air Quality Association to share his thoughts in our Good Energy newsletter about what homeowners should watch out for when it comes to the air inside their homes.
Good Energy: Can you tell us a little bit about the Indoor Air Quality Association?
Ron Fallon: The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a multi-disciplinary association that brings together consultants, contractors, researchers, educators and other practitioners to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems.
What's the biggest issue these days in residential air quality?
Mold growth is one of the biggest problems. Wet or damp basements, poorly ventilated attics, and moisture buildup in heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems create an environment in which mold can flourish. While not everyone gets sick from exposure to mold spores, people who are susceptible may develop health problems.
How can homeowners tell if they might have indoor air quality problems?
If there's an air quality problem, it's common for people to experience symptoms such as sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, and allergies. Others may experience dryness of the eyes, throat, nose and skin; headache, dizziness, fatigue or nausea. People usually notice relief from the symptoms when they are out of the house, especially when they go away for the weekend or on vacation. This is sometimes referred to as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
What role do heating and cooling systems play in maintaining a healthy level of indoor air quality?
HVAC systems can play a very important role in maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Most filter, heat and cool the air, of course, but they can also introduce outside air, remove stale air, add humidity to the air, and take humidity out of the air. It is very important to maintain your HVAC system, especially the cooling coils and drain pan where mold can grow. One of the most important components to maintain properly is the air filter.
Are ductless mini splits beneficial to indoor air quality?
If a ductless mini split or a regular HVAC system is properly cleaned and maintained, it should help the indoor air quality
What about the problem of carbon monoxide in homes?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that cannot be detected by our senses. CO can build up to dangerous concentrations indoors when fuel-burning devices are not properly vented, operated or maintained. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is estimated that unintentional CO exposure accounts for an estimated 500 deaths in the United States each year. All fuel-burning appliances should be properly vented, and each section of your house should have a CO alarm.
Is humidity a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to air quality?
If a building isn't humid enough, people will experience discomfort such as scratchy eyes and dry mucus membranes. The wood in the building can even shrink and crack. But if the humidity is too high, the body loses its ability to cool itself. High humidity will also foster the growth of mold and bacteria and even cause metal to corrode. The recommended range for relative humidity is between 20% and 60%.
Are there maintenance steps that homeowners should take to ensure good air quality?
In general, homeowners should keep their homes clean. Be sure to vacuum. Carpets are a sinkhole for dust, debris and food particles which can promote mold and bacteria growth when combined with moisture and high humidity
Basements should be dehumidified, personal belongings should not be stored directly on the floor or against a wall and as little organic matter as possible should be stored in the basement.