Have you ever thought more about what’s in the air you breathe than you do right now?

Thanks to a number of factors, not least of which being the novel coronavirus pandemic, so many of us are now conscious of breathing the freshest, cleanest air.

The thing is, there are plenty more substances in the air we breathe inside of our homes and businesses that are just as virulent as the coronavirus – as well as plenty of other irritants and pathogens that can negatively impact our health.

The question is, how to best overcome these bombardments to our respiratory system.

We could all try to live outside more or breath more outdoor air, but that doesn’t work for a number of reasons: naturally occurring allergens (such as pollens), as well as manmade irritants in larger cities (such as smog).

The alternative is to make our indoor air cleaner and purer. Up until now, that has meant a lot of hard work for any conscious homeowner – a constant rotation of replacing filters and relentless cleaning routines. And even then, the returns never really yielded the results you would hope.

The good news, however, is that technology is starting to catch up to the need for cleaner indoor air that can be produced without extraordinary expenditure or physical effort.

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry has been in a state of constant innovation and advancement through recent decades, and new products are now coming onto the market that will make it much easier to produce the air purity you would ideally want for your home and family.

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Let’s take a look at two of these products from Carrier:

• The Infinity® Series Air Purifier
• Comfort™ Series EZ Flex™ Cabinet Air Filter

The Infinity® Series Air Purifier
The Infinity Series Air Purifier goes far beyond what you think of when you conjure the words “air purifier.” In the past, an air purifier might eliminate some allergens and irritants and make your home’s air feel cleaner, but that was about the limit of it. And you were still left with the viruses, bacteria and mold spores that constantly float through the atmosphere.

Thanks to the Infinity Series Air Purifier, however, many of those airborne pathogens are now on notice.

That’s because the Infinity Series Air Purifier has a new technology dedicated to literally trapping and eliminating as many of these little sickness-inducing bugs as possible. Called Captures and Kills™ technology, this purifier traps up to 95 percent of particles, then uses an electrical charge to kill or inactive them.

Independent testing has already proven the Infinity air purifier’s effectiveness against three pathogens including the common cold surrogate, human influenza and streptococcus pyogenes. It does so by literally snagging them before emitting an electrical charge that bursts the cell walls of pathogens it comes in contact with. And, while it has not yet been tested on the novel coronavirus, the fact that it can successfully eliminate those three health threats speaks volumes for what this piece of technology can do for your air quality.

And the Infinity Series Air Purifier is not solely dedicated to trapping and killing germs. In fact, with every cycle of air that passes through this patented system it also eliminates pollen, animal dander, smoke, bacteria and other irritants.

This whole-house air cleaner re-purifies circulated indoor air as many as 8 times an hour.

It also protects heating and cooling equipment by not producing significant pressure drop and can be placed in line with nearly any ductwork system. Its narrow cabinet design allows for greater installation flexibility, and it features easy to replace, long-lasting filters and a 10-year parts limited warranty.

Comfort™ Series EZ Flex™ Cabinet Air Filter
Meanwhile, the Comfort Series EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter provides yet another level of serious protection for your home, as its next generation design keeps clean air flowing cleanly and efficiently through your home.

Dog in the living room making use of air purification

This cabinet air filtration product represents a convenient and affordable way to improve indoor air quality and system performance.

The EZ Flex system provides cleaner air through your entire home via a high efficiency filter that removes up to 65 percent of airborne particles as small as 1.0 micron. Its MERV 10 filtration rating means that it can capture pathogens and irritants in the range of legionella, humidifier dust, lead dust, milled flour, auto emission particulates and nebulizer droplets.

Filtration of this level supplies superior residential air – a level of filtration that is also employed in hospital laboratories. MERV refers to Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, a measurement scale designed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to report the effectiveness of air filters.

And, you can even ramp up the EZ Flex system’s MERV level to 13, meaning that it can effectively eliminate bacteria, droplet nuclei (produced by sneezing), cooking oil, most smoke and insecticide dust, most face powder and most paint pigments. Filtration of this level is often reserved for hospital and general surgery settings.

Just like the Infinity Series Air Purifier, the EZ Flex protects heating and cooling equipment by not producing significant pressure drop. It also features easy to replace, deep-pleated filters with a high dust holding capacity that actually extends the time allowed between necessary filter changes. And it has a 10-year parts limited warranty.

Both of these cutting-edge products promise a much happier, healthier home. And in these uncertain times, it is something worth considering.

Zone Home Solutions offers a full range of Carrier products to clients throughout North Georgia, including both of these health-invigorating advances in HVAC.