Indoor Air Quality

babyDo you know what you are breathing? Unless you are one of the few in the world that goes around wearing a mask all day it would be pretty hard to control what your lungs are taking in. Well there is good news; indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about. Below are some very disturbing facts about the air quality and it’s effect on humans.

The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

EPA studies indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. In general, indoor air is four to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.

More than 23 million people are estimated to have asthma, including one in 13 school-age children.

In the last 30 years, the number of people with asthma has gone up by almost 60%.

87% of American homeowners are not aware that pollution may be worse inside their homes than outdoors.

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 30% of newly constructed and remodeled facilities have indoor air quality problems.

Because they breathe faster than adults, children inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults and are especially sensitive to air quality problems.

Over 28 million Americans suffer from hay fever and other allergies.

According to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for half of all illnesses.

The Biggest Advance in Indoor Air Quality Since Central Air

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.

Now comes air cleaning’s finest hour. We would like to introduce 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 the cleaning capacity of one TRANE CleanEffects .


Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with scientists at Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) evaluated the ability of Trane CleanEffects, a whole-house air cleaning system that attaches to your home’s central system, to remove human influenza A virus, which is the common flu, from the air. These tests involved releasing the common flu virus into the air inside of a test duct. The removal efficiency was calculated from the amount of the common flu virus measured in air samples collected before and after passing through the air cleaner.

The conclusion of the testing was that Trane CleanEffects removed more than 99 percent of the common flu virus from the filtered air. The implications of the test results include:

Because of the similarities among types of influenza virus, the whole-house air cleaning system will remove greater than 99 percent of other forms of the virus including influenza B, influenza C, and avian influenza (also a strain of influenza A virus).

By removing the vast majority of the common flu virus from a home’s recirculated air, the average airborne concentration of virus in the air delivered to the home through the Trane CleanEffects system will be reduced by more than 99 percent, thereby reducing airborne exposure to the virus for household occupants.

Clean Air Resources

For more information about what clean air means for you and your family, visit the following links:

Allergen Information:

Allergy Capitals

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology