Frequently Asked Questions
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HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning where it’s goal is to provide thermal comfort and quality indoor air.
When your air filters are dirty, change them. Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:
- Type of filter your A/C system requires
- The overall air quality of your your city area home
- Number of occupants in the house
- Do you have pets? Dogs, cats, etc create dander
FACT: Air pollution is a serious problem — especially inside your home! The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health. The EPA also reports that indoor air can be up to one hundred times more polluted than the air outside. One hundred times! And while you are offered many options — standard 1″ furnace filters, portable purifiers and ionizers — there’s only one truly effective solution: an Honeywell Whole-House Air Cleaner.
Don’t just treat the symptoms — remove the problems from the air in every room of your house — from your bedroom to your basement with an air cleaning system from Honeywell — the leader in whole-home air cleaning technology.
What is a Whole-Home Air Cleaner?
There are many types of air cleaners (also refered to as air purifiers or ionizers) on the market today but none are as effective and clean your entire house as well as an Honeywell Air Cleaning system. Honeywell Whole-Home Air Cleaners make your air as clean as possible by removing particulates from your air, allowing you to breathe healthier air — important to those with allergies and asthma and for those who want the cleanest air possible for themselves and their family. An Honeywell Air Cleaner installed by your heating and cooling contractor, can help rid your home of dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses, smoke and more!
How Does It Work?
Honeywell Whole-House Air Cleaners are installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system — completely out of your way and out-of-sight. That means each and every time your system runs, the air in your home is filtered through our state-of-the-art filter media removing potentially harmful contaminants from every room of your home.
The resulting clean air is then distributed via your heating and cooling system’s ductwork to your entire home. Best yet, the system is easy to maintain with infrequent maintenance only required every 1-2 years unlike portable units that require monthly care or standard filters that need cleaning every 1-3 months.
Turn your central heating and cooling system into a whole-house air cleaner with Honeywell!
“Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have respiratory diseases are at greater risk.”
The most efficient setting for your air conditioner during warmer months is to set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Simply by reducing your home’s temperature to 72 degrees, could increase your cooling costs by 12% to 47%.
Zone controlled systems divide a home into areas with common heating and cooling needs. Air flow is controlled in each area by a separate thermostat. Then, instead of sending the same amount of heated or cooled air into all room every time the furnace or air conditioner is turned on, the system sends conditioned air only to the zones that need it. With zoning, you can cool or heat one area of the house at a time.
A 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® significantly reduces the amount of time your ac compressor takes to start. Air conditioners with the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® typically start in 30-50% less time than air conditioners without the product.
This is important because the compressor on your air conditioner consumes more power on start up than any other device in your home. Start up is the hardest time in the life of any type of electrical equipment. Ever notice that light bulbs almost always burn out when you first turn them on and not while they are on? This is due to the huge current that rushes in when a switch is thrown and power is first applied.
An ac compressor may consume 45,000 watts of power while the motor is trying to start – TEN times more power than it uses while running. By comparison, the large burner on an electric stove only consumes approximately 5,000 watts on high. The heat that accompanies the in-rush current can damage vital electrical components – the air conditioner compressor, the air conditioner run capacitor and contacts.
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The 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® protects these components by significantly reducing the amount of time it takes the compressor to start – generally 30 to 50%. This means your air conditioner and compressor will bear ½ the stress, strain and heat each and every time it starts. Considering that your air conditioner may start up more than 6,000 times in a single cooling season, the positive impact that the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® has on your air conditioner is significant.
LOWER ENERGY BILLS
The 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® helps to lower air conditioning bills in two ways. The first way is that the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® helps an air conditioner start up in less time. Your air conditioner uses anywhere from 5 to 10 times more power on start-up than it does while running. By reducing that time by up to 50%, there is far less electrical usage each and every time the air conditioner starts. For customers that are on a peak-demand payment program, these savings could be significant.
The second way that the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® helps to lower air conditioning bills is through the protection it provides to the run capacitor. The run capacitor is the “heart” of the compressor and it determines how much electricity is consumed while the compressor or air conditioner is running. Without a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® the run capacitor bears the brunt of the stress and electrical heat during start up.
As a result, over time the run capacitor wears down. When the run capacitor wears down, your air conditioner will still work, but it starts to use more electricity to run – just like the last step in a marathon is harder and requires more effort than the first. When weakened, your run capacitor and system can use 10% to 20% more electricity than before!
With the cost of energy rising 3% every year on average, doesn’t it make sense to reduce long-term consumption without sacrificing your lifestyle? Want to save money on your electric bill and at the same time help the environment?
Using energy efficient products can help the efficiency of your existing equipment which not only saves you money year in and year out, but also prolongs the life of the most expensive household component (your heating and air conditioning system). Below are some of the energy saving products we recommend because of their quick return on investment and long-term energy savings.
Take control of your indoor air quality by reducing pollutants that can contribute to headache, lung irritation and fatigue as well as more long-term conditions such as asthma, allergies and infectious diseases.
3 TYPES OF INDOOR POLLUTANTS
Particulates are tiny particles suspended in the air. Common particulates include residential pollen, dust mites, dust, smoke and dander (skin flakes). Particulate diameters are measured in microns and range from .001 to 1,000 microns. These dimensions represent the continuum from a few molecules up to the size where particles can no longer be airborne. Particulates are removed from the air by filtration. Air filters differ in effectiveness as they can trap different size particulates.
These are bacteria, germs, viruses, fungi, spores and mold. Although bacteria are small in size and usually microscopic, they have an amazing ability to do horrible damage to all living organisms including humans. Many everyday illnesses are also caused by viruses like the common cold or the flu. Microbials are living organizations that must be killed.
Indoor odors and gases, such as benzene, formaldehyde, chloroform, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, etc., are released from furniture, cabinets, carpets, cleaning chemicals, copy machines, insulation, insect sprays, hair sprays, etc.
Total Air Care Air Conditioning and Heating recommends the Guardian Air because it does not need the pollutants to travel to the air handler for UV treatment or filtration. Guardian Air is proactive and sends ionized aggressive advanced oxidizers into the room to destroy the pollutants at the source, in the air and on surfaces, before they can reach your family, clients or employees. RGF first developed its Advanced Oxidation Technology over 20 years ago. Over 1 million RGF Cells are in use around the world. The Guardian Air is used by many Fortune 500 companies, the US Government, cruise ships, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, commercial buildings and homes across the world. The Guardian Air has been approved by the EPA, USDA, FDA and US Government.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The Guardian Air is installed as part of your home’s central heating and cooling system.completely out of your way and out-of-sight. That means each and every time your system runs, the Guardian Air produces naturally occuring oxidizers that travel through the conditioned air space in your home or office and kills bacteria, viruses, mold, gases and odors.
COMPARISONS TO UV LIGHT TECHNOLOGY AND WHOLE HOME AIR CLEANERS The main difference with UV light systems and whole-home air cleaners is that they are passive systems. The germs and particulates have to make it to those systems in order for them to work. How does that protect you from somebody coughing or sneezing in a room? How does that protect you if the germs attach themselves to an object – like a cup or another person? The Guardian Air is an active system. It generates oxidizers that travel through the conditioned building space and proactively kill germs before they have a chance to spread. For example, in an independent sneeze test, the Guardian Air was proven to kill 78% of bacteria within three feet of the sneeze. The bacteria was killed before it had a chance to infect somebody else.