Amid the sea of smog alerts and pollen counts that keeps outdoor air quality in the news, a growing population is waking up to a new reality: The air inside is worse. In general, indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
This reality has led consumers to spend more than an estimated $500 million a year on plug-in room air cleaners. But to paraphrase Churchill, never have so many spent so much to get so little.
To combat this problem, Trane, a leading maker of home heating and cooling systems, has introduced Trane CleanEffects™, which delivers vastly more clean air throughout your home than any other residential air cleaner technology.
Trane CleanEffects™ is 100 times more effective than the standard 1-inch filter found in most home central systems, removing up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles from the filtered air. It would take eight typical room High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) cleaners to match the cleaning capacity of one Trane CleanEffects™ .
Scientists from Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), along with the Harvard School of Public Health, conducted research that shows Trane CleanEffects, a whole-house air cleaner, removes up to 99.98 percent of all the particles and allergens from the filtered air.
Trane CleanEffects™ utilizes patented breakthrough air cleaning technology to eliminate allergens and particles you don’t want in your home, such as dust, smoke, bacteria, pollen, mold spores and pet dander. It even removes particles as small as .1 microns – 1/1000th the diameter of a human hair – the size that eludes most air cleaners. This means Trane CleanEffects™ will eliminate the vast majority of the allergens and particles that flow through a home’s central air system, so occupants can breathe more easily and feel better about their indoor air quality.
“Indoor air quality is, first and foremost, a health issue,” says Mark Hagan, product manager for Trane Residential Solutions. “By removing up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles from the filtered air, we are making the home a better place for asthma and allergy sufferers and homeowners who simply don’t want to inhale things like bacteria, pollen and pet dander. People are looking for more ways to make their homes better environments, and Trane CleanEffects™ provides a great solution.”
Trane subjected Trane CleanEffects™ to a variety of performance tests, including performance-testing by LMS Technologies in the laboratory and EH&E, under real-world operating conditions
All studies yielded one clear result: Trane CleanEffects™ is substantially more effective than competing home air cleaning products.
The reason, in part, is Trane CleanEffects™ ‘ superior clean air delivery rate – a comprehensive measure of air cleaner effectiveness. In this measure, Trane CleanEffects™ laps the competing products. A typical Trane CleanEffects™ system has a clean air delivery rate of 1,200, compared to 660 for the best whole-house electronic air cleaners. By comparison, a typical in-room device has a clean air delivery rate of 10, meaning that it successfully cleans only 10 cubic feet of air per minute – making it just slightly more effective than gravity.
Reducing the Triggers for Asthma and Allergies
More than 28 million Americans suffer from hay fever and other allergies, and more than 15 million Americans are estimated to have asthma. In the past 30 years, the number of people with asthma has increased by almost 60 percent.
Pollen or mold spores can cause allergies and asthma to act up, but there are other causes as well. In fact, up to 72 trillion allergens find their way into your home every day. In many homes, mold spores can irritate respiratory passages; the dander from pets can float in the air and cause reactions in sensitive family members; and dust mites can lurk in bedding, upholstery and almost any other soft material, generating irritating waste particles that can become airborne.
With that much allergic material around, and with homes built more airtight than ever trapping the irritants indoors, it takes a powerful solution to remove the trapped indoor irritants and provide your family with the cleanest air possible.
The Nuts and Bolts of Cleaner Air
Like other electronic cleaners, Trane CleanEffects™ electrically charges airborne particles. These charged particles are then pulled toward collection cells where they are removed from the air. That’s where the similarities end. Trane CleanEffects™ uses an exclusive patented technology that intensifies the power of the charge so that more and smaller particles can be charged and subsequently removed.
Trane CleanEffects™ is an advanced system that provides both unparalleled filtration and unmatched cleanability. Trane CleanEffects™ has significant operating and maintenance cost benefits. This includes decreased energy consumption for the amount of air cleaned and a simple cleaning process rather than regular filter replacement. In most cases, the amount of electricity Trane CleanEffects™ uses is comparable to the amount of electricity a 75-watt light bulb uses. And, the filter never needs to be replaced – unlike the 1-inch filters found in most homes that have to be replaced regularly. Indicators on the unit tell you when it needs cleaning, which is as easy as vacuuming or rinsing every 3 to 9 months.
Trane CleanEffects™ is widely available as part of a new Trane central system or as an accessory to any existing central heating or cooling systems. The cost will vary depending on the type of system you have in your home. However, the accessory typically costs about $1,200 installed. Installing the system as an accessory to an existing central system is a quick process that can be done easily by any independent Trane dealer. To find a dealer near you, go to trane.com