About Air Cleaners | Humidifiers | Ventilators
About Air Cleaners
If you thought air
pollution was just an outdoor concern, think again. The particles you
see in a beam of afternoon sunlight streaming through the window only
represent about 1% of the millions of airborne contaminants in your indoor
air. Most standard fiber glass-mesh furnace filters only trap about 15%
of these particles, leaving the other 85% to pollute your air, your furnishings,
even your lungs.
Mechanical Air Cleaner
A Carrier MECHANICAL AIR CLEANER has a heavy-duty media filter that can
trap up to 28 times as many particles as a standard fiber glass filter,
including animal dander and plant spores.
Electronic Air Cleaner
A Carrier ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANER can capture up to 95% of all airborne
particles -- smoke, grease, bacteria and even many viruses. An electronic
model works as a sort of magnet for undesirable pollutants. An aluminum
mesh filter catches most of the large particles. The smaller particles
pass through an ionizing section, where they receive an electrical charge
so they are attracted like magnets to grounded metal plates. The collected
particles are cleaned off the plates every few months with a garden hose
or by popping the filter in the dishwasher. While the process may sound
complicated, electronic air cleaners only use about as much electricity
as a 30-watt light bulb.
Air cleaners can improve your health, keep your entire home cleaner,
protect your valuable investments and save you the time and aggravation
of constant dusting.
can not only affect how comfortable you feel, it can actually save you
money on your monthly energy bills.
Our bodies "feel" heat as a combination of temperature and
humidity. In other words, the more humid the air, the warmer it feels.
So if you add humidity to dry, heated air in the winter with a Carrier
humidifier, you can set your thermostat lower and still be comfortable
-- while you save money on your utility bills.
A HUMIDIFIER can also help prevent dry, cracked skin, make it easier
to breathe, protect your woodwork and reduce static electricity. It can
even make you less susceptible to sore throats and winter colds.
Carrier humidifiers operate on the basis of a simple concept. Air heated
by your furnace or heat pump passes through a ceramic-coated pad in your
humidifier, called an evaporator pad. The air absorbs moisture from the
water-soaked pad and becomes water vapor that humidifies the heated air
that is circulated throughout your home.
Most humidifiers feature an adjustable
humidistat so you can control the exact amount of moisture in the air.
The proper amount of moisture depends on the outdoor temperature and other
factors; your owners manual has recommendations for the best settings
for your conditions.
home contains a certain amount of unhealthy gases from a variety of sources
building materials, the earth under your home, your heating and
cooling system, and even people, who breathe out carbon dioxide.
While today's energy-efficient homes do a great job of keeping
heated or cooled air in, they also seal in stale, recirculated air. A
ventilating system solves the problem of stale air by bringing fresh air
into tightly constructed homes without wasting precious energy. HEAT RECOVERY
VENTILATORS recover heat energy during the heating season; ENERGY RECOVERY
VENTILATORS recover both heating and cooling energy year-round.
Making a ventilator part of your home comfort system is like being able
to open a window in every room even on the hottest or coldest days ...
without the drafts, the humidity or the high energy costs. Its
literally a breath of fresh air.
Here's How Ventilators Work
Fresh air is drawn through a pre-filter and into the core. Heating or
cooling is transferred into the fresh air which is then distributed throughout
the home. Indoor air stays heated or cooled while stale air and humidity,
particularly from areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms,
Carrier ventilators are controlled by a convenient wall-mounted control
unit, and have three comfort modes. The recirculation mode recycles indoor air continuously and exchanges
air only when humidity exceeds the desired level. This setting allows
homeowners with baseboard heat to enjoy the advantages of a forced-air
heating system. The continuous mode, replaces indoor air with fresh outdoor air 24
hours a day.
The intermittent mode provides the greatest economy, with the unit
turning on only when humidity levels exceed the desired level.