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INDOOR AIR QUALITY: WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW COULD HURT YOU
How Hidden Comfort mini split furniture improves your homes air quality.
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.
All of our One Cool fireplace and One Cool Console models come with a built in dehumidifier that allows you to control your homes humidity levels. One Cool Fireplace comes in 9000btu and 12000btu models and also have no screen One Cool Console units, all provide heat, cool, filtered air and humidity control. Hidden Comfort, Mini Split Furniture for keeping you in your Comfort Zone.
Air quality Is just as important as staying warm or cool, so be assured Aqua Zone Comfort "One Cool Fireplace" units and One Cool Console models all come with replaceable and washable air filters to keep your air clean.
ALTERNATIVE HEATING & COOLING
The Aqua Zone Comfort, LLC Story
The story begins in 1996 with a unique vision and energetic passion of one man’s dream to develop an alternative heating source company with a moral compass like no other. His company would offer only the finest quality products, professionally engineered and manufactured with distinction and integrity, and do so at the lowest possible cost. Quite simply, creating "The Best for Less".
Henceforth, Dave Nyhof set out to form Natures Comfort, LLC, and change the alternative energy industry. Today, Natures Comfort, LLC is one of the Midwest’s largest alternative energy companies. Proudly they sell beautiful, world class products from wood and coal fired boiler heating systems to wood pellet stoves, as well as carrying a large supply of parts and offering hands on service to our network of dealers.
After a few very successful years in the alternative heating business, some of our customers began to ask for something more. They wanted a product that would heat certain areas in their homes or offices where they were spending most of their time, rather than their entire building to save on their energy cost. So Dave set out to find the answer for our customers.
The first idea was to build a box resembling a fireplace, equip it with a heat exchanger and run a hot water line from the water heater through the heat exchanger and then back to the water heater. A programmable thermostat would kick on a fan place inside the fireplace box behind the heat exchanger and blow warm air out into the room or other area were the unit was placed. There would be no extra cost for the home owner because the hot water was already in place, and there would be no water waste because the water was returned to the water heater to be recycled after use.
At this point in our story, Dave’s brother Mike suggested using a mini-split rather than a heat exchanger so the unit could heat and cool for the owner. Once the mini- split was tested and successful they decided to place a 32" SMART TV in the unit so they could display heating or cooling scenes according to the season. But you could also just watch TV or play video games if you prefer while still enjoying the heating or cooling aspects. Today’s unit is a beautiful decorative piece of furniture that you can proudly display in your home while enjoying the soothing heat from filtered air in the winter while watching a multitude of different musical fireplace scenes on your new 32" TV. By the same token, during the cooling season you and immerse yourself in the cool filtered air while watching a number of musical winter waterfall or snow fall scenes also on your new 32" SMART TV or just watch TV or play video games. Hidden Comfort is our approach to high efficiency heating and cooling. By having the mini split hidden in plain sight inside of beautifully crafted Amish furniture we have created, "Mini Split Furniture", heating and cooling with Ambiance, Hidden Comfort.
Our manufacturing partners have demonstrated a proven record of superior craftsmanship, enduring quality, and genuine value. Their professionalism and expertise, along with our designs are further assurance that you have made an excellent selection for your zone heating and cooling requirements when you purchase from Aqua Zone Comfort, LLC. We are a new name, but our reputation is built on years creating quality alternative energy products.
We do our very best job every day, because we know a great job today, will bring referrals from family, friends and neighbors tomorrow. Having an alternative energy source to heat and cool can enhance the enjoyment and pride of your home plus it will help protect your investment, while also adding lasting value. With new world class alternative heating, and cooling your home or business will have a fresh energy efficient, low cost, low maintenance, solution backed by our inclusive limited warranty. We offer a 7 year warranty on the compressor and condenser and 5 years on defective parts and pieces according to the manufacturer’s warranty. Our promise to you is straight forward; superior products, low prices, "Simply the Best"
Welcome to Aqua Zone Comfort, LLC, we look forward to serving you.