How Your HVAC System Can Help With Allergies

Sneezing-woman Living with allergies or asthma every day can make life complicated. Breathing can be difficult, it’s uncomfortable, and a real nuisance. Consistent allergies can be a real physical drain and no matter how hard you clean your home, irritants in the air that cause allergies will still find their way in. If you dust and clean well regularly and limit your exposure to known allergens, but still struggle with asthma or allergy attacks on a regular basis, discover how HVAC systems and air filters work to clean the air, ridding it of potential allergens.

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Specialty Heating & Cooling – Welcome to our Blog!

Hello and welcome to our blog!

Specialty Heating & Cooling has been serving the HVAC (heating, cooling & air conditioning) needs of the greater Portland area since 1985. Yes, that’s over 29 years of experience we are proud to offer our valued customers. Call us 24 hours a day at 503-946-6396. That’s right, 24 hours a day you will receive live customer service; no voicemail, dial-a-person automation or messaging machines!

Our Mission Statement

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer logoAs a company, we will work together to provide the best solutions for your indoor comfort needs in a timely, professional, honest and reliable manner.

We offer furnace, air conditioner & heat pump service (repairs), sales and installation. While we can service any brand of equipment (Carrier, Trane, Lennox, Ruud, Goodman, American Standard, and more!) we are a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. We believe that Carrier offers the most outstanding products, support and overall integrity in the heating & cooling world.

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No ducts? No problem.

10289803_663064990407808_63201194573798700_nIf you’re tired of paying huge electricity bills because of your electric baseboard heating or if you’re sick of hauling that huge window air conditioning unit in and out of your home every summer, we’ve got good news! Ductless heat pumps offer year-round comfort while using up to 50 percent less electricity to heat or cool your home. Now through the end of June, buy a Daikin ductless heat pump & receive one interior unit (zone) free AND get up to $1390 in tax credits & rebates!!

What is a ductless heating and cooling?
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Carrier Infinity Performance Air Purifiers

Nowadays, we constantly hear about air quality – we hear how our air is littered with pollutants, molds, bacteria, and other harmful particles that can contaminate our lungs and affect our health. Here are a couple of interesting facts:

  • The average person breathes about 8,000 liters of air per day.
  • According to the EPA, indoor air can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
  • Over 99% of the particles in the air are smaller than 1 micron; not heavy enough to settle out of the air, they remain airborne unless filtered out.
  • A human sneeze may add 100,000 pathogen-containing droplets of moisture to the air which can be circulated throughout the home.
  • A buildup of contaminants on your A/C indoor coil (located either above or below your furnace) just .002” thick can reduce airflow up to 9%.

If you’re looking for a way to remove potentially hazardous air in the spaces you live and work in there are many solutions for creating healthy, breathable indoor air. Indoor air purifiers such as the Infinity® Series Air Purifier or the Performance™ Series Air Purifiers by Carrier are award winning air cleaners and truly the “best of the best”, giving you and your family the cleanest air possible. Below, we’ve outlined what each model offers.

Carrier Infinity air purifier

Infinity® Air Purifier

What it Does:

This top-of-the-line air filter will purify the air in your whole home efficiently and effectively.  Its patented Capture and Kills ™ technology captures up to 99% airborne viruses, germs, mold, and bacteria.

How it Works:

The Air Purifier uses hybrid technology that incorporates a proprietary paper media filter and an electrical charge to kill germs & spores upon contact. It will capture up to 95% of particles 0.3 – 1 micron in size and is rated an industry leading MERV 15.

Carrier Infinity Air Purifier Description

It has been proven to kill 13 common pathogens that are known for causing ill health, such as influenza, streptococcus, measles, and the common cold. It also captures pollen, animal dander, smoke, and other air pollutants to keep your air as pure as possible.  Created to work in line with any ducted HVAC system  the Air Purifier cleans the air up to eight times per hour.

As soon as this purifier is installed, you will notice a difference in the air quality. It has the ability to help reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and can help keep you protected from catching common colds and viruses.

Other Benefits

Cleaner air also equals a cleaner house.  One of the most common things we hear from new Air Purifier clients is the dramatic decrease in dust found in the house.  It’s like having a live-in maid!

The paper media filters typically need to be replaced 2 times within the first year as they are cleaning air in a way that has never been cleaned before.  After the first year, it’s not uncommon for these filters to last up to 12 months.

Performance™ Air Purifier:

Performance Air Purifier

The little brother to the Infinity Air Purifier; this proprietary, whole-home air purifier is unlike anything on the market today. One of this model’s largest advantages is that it was designed to be an exact replacement for old electronic air cleaners that need replacement.

The Performance model is proven to kill three common pathogens and can help eliminate up to 75% of airborne organisms that can cause harm. This air filter is made to work with any ducted HVAC system, is easy to install, and can fit into narrower/tighter spaces because of its unique cabinet design. The filter system is rated MERV 13.

The paper media filters typically need to be replaced 2 times within the first year as they are cleaning air in a way that has never been cleaned before.  After the first year, it’s not uncommon for these filters to last up to 12 months.

Both Air Purifiers come with a standard 10 Year Parts & 1 Year labor warranty when installed by a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer.

Performance Air Purifier inside view

Your active lifestyle can benefit greatly from hybrid air cleaning technology and hybrid electronic air cleaners. If you’re constantly sick or are suffering from continual allergies or asthma, you may benefit greatly from switching to using high efficiency furnace filters. Live well, embrace life, and discover newfound health and energy by investing in one of these proprietary air cleaners by Carrier.

Clean air is a vital part of living a healthy, active lifestyle. Think about how an electronic air cleaner could benefit your home or office, and then give us a call us today at 503-862-2050 to set up your FREE in-home evaluation. We’re proud of our sales team and their non-pushy approach. We’re looking out for your best interest and aren’t comfortable until you are.