Thursday, July 25, 2013

Clean Air and Heart Health

      Seventy percent of U.S. households are affected by allergies or asthma. These folks are more susceptible to harmful particles and allergens from the air INSIDE their homes. In fact, up to 72 trillion allergens find their way into your home every day. Add to that, if these family members have heart issues, the problems caused by unclean air are compounded.
     The EPA states, that exposure to fine particles impairs breathing, and increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and other serious health problems. Particles like dust, smoke and bacteria are often .3 microns in size or less. At that size allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren't filtered well by your nose and throat.
    Many experts tell us that there is often more allergens and contaminants inside our homes then there are outside. Why is that? Well, today's homes are built better, tighter, and insulated better then in decades past. Now, this is a good thing, but it is also a bad thing, in the sense it traps particles, off gases, pet dander and the like inside our homes. We rely on a little one inch pleated filter in our furnace, or in some cases a four inch filter to clean our air. These filters are okay if you don't have health issues related to unclean air. What is the answer for those of us allergy sufferer's?
     According to the 2007 Consumer Digest report, Trane 'CleanEffects" whole home air cleaner is the highest rated professionally installed electrostatic precipatator on the market. "CleanEffects" has been shown to capture 99.98% of all airborne allergens, down to .1 microns in size. It will even capture influenza virus like the swine flu.
So, the irritants like hair, pollen, mold spores, skin flakes, bacteria, dust, tobacco and cooking smoke are scrubbed from the air.
     As published in the BioMed Central Journal, an independent publishing house committed to providing access to peer-reviewed biomedical research, and as accepted and presented at the Indoor Air conference, Trane "CleanEffects" has been shown to reduce triggers for allergies and asthma, and can be an important part of your overall allergy and asthma management plan." For more HVAC summer home tips read my blogs at or see our website at