Our western Chicagoland IAQ experts work to improve polluted indoor air through proper filtration. We recommend avoiding the standard 1-inch furnace filter, which is only 5 to 10 percent efficient and ineffectively filters health-threatening particulates. We also avoid the installation of “premium” 1-inch furnace filters, which increase HVAC pressure drop and decrease your system’s performance. Depending on your budget, alternative options include:
- 1” Electronic Filter (GOOD): This filter is normally used when there is a space issue and no other filter will work. It must have 110 volts AC supply for power, but has a very low 2-watt power usage. Features: low airflow resistance; ease of maintenance.
- Media Air Cleaner (BETTER): Media cleaners don’t just filter the air; they also clean it. These filters substantially enhance filtration efficiency and dirt-holding capacity. Other features: low pressure drop; minimal maintenance.
- Electronic Air Cleaner (BEST): Removes up to 99.98% of unwanted airborn particles without hampering airflow. This filter traps particles as small as .1 microns in size, reducing allergy/asthma triggers. Other features: excellent system protection; minimal maintenance.
According to the EPA, sources of indoor pollution release gas and contaminants into the air, and improper contaminant dilution can exacerbate health concerns. Tightly constructed for energy efficiency, today’s buildings do not efficiently release these pollutants. An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) exchanges polluted indoor air with fresh outdoor air. In the process, your ERV system cleans and filters outdoor air before releasing it into your home or business. ERV systems are an ideal replacement for open doors and windows, which may not be feasible due to weather conditions, security problems or outdoor noise.
The recommended indoor relative humidity level is 45%, and the average home in western Chicagoland measures far below this level. When combined with the drying home heating system, low relative humidity can lead to sinus conditions, dry skin, static shock and wood damage. Prestige Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers a number of humidifier options that address these concerns.
Bypass Humidifier (GOOD): Utilizes the existing air handler to direct humidified air to every room in the building. Ideal for spaces to 4,000 square feet.
Power Humidifier (BETTER): Uses a quiet, built-in fan that works independently of the furnace blower. Pulling heated air directly from the furnace or air handler blower, it moves it through a water panel. Ideal for spaces up to 4,200 square feet.
Steam Humidifier (BEST): Generates and introduces steam directly into the ductwork. Maximizing humidification, this product is ideal for homes up to 6,200 square feet.
The average household spends over $2,200 on annual energy, and approximately 50% of that goes toward heating and cooling. Programmable thermostats keep your home or facility toasty when you are indoors—and avoid energy waste when you are out. With proper use, programmable thermostats save $180 per year or more!
These high-quality thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures for various seasons, and may be programmed to coincide with daily living, work, and sleep schedules. Prestige carries and installs several thermostat models, depending upon your budget and comfort requirements.
Designed to improve HVAC performance and eliminate airborne particulates, UV Lamps zap the bacteria and mold that tends to grow in moist air conditioning or indoor coils. These IAQ products kill unhealthy pollutants before they make their way into your ventilation system.