In the 21st century, it's safe to say that few of us are living the nomadic lifestyle devoid of any permanent shelter, hunting and gathering for a living. Instead, we choose to live within the confines of a permanent residence enjoying modern luxuries like air conditioning and Netflix. Technological improvements have made our homes smarter, more efficient, and ultimately more comfortable, but there is a dark side associated with some of these improvements. Many current day building materials and cleaning products emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Per the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website, VOCs can be defined as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids, and in high concentrations can cause a plethora of negative health effects. Unfortunately for us, VOCs are consistently higher indoors than outdoors and can be found in a wide array of products such as the following:
-personal care products such as perfume and hair spray
-paints, lacquers, and varnishes, and many more
This Time article states that we're having the worst flu season in a decade http://time.com/5164728/2018-flu-season/. Can you afford to have a home full of allergens?
In addition to these products, our homes are now more air-tight than ever with incredible insulating properties due to increased building code regulations and enhanced methodologies and products that serve to seal our homes, making them more efficient and creating a more controlled air environment. Although orders of efficiency are now enhanced, we see the double-edge sword effect of air pollutants no longer having the opportunity to escape the home as air gaps are sealed, and fresh, outdoor air is no longer allowed to infiltrate the indoor space. To combat this, many people choose to open their windows, use "green" materials and systems when available, and as this article will elaborate upon, utilize mechanical systems that keep your home clean, comfortable, and efficient!
Enter our 5923 Park Lane HVAC system. On this project we spared no expense in an effort to create the most efficient, pollutant-free space for our future homeowner. To do this, we utilized the following equipment:
-Trane XR17 Condensers - Utilizing dual stage compressors, these units have the ability to run on a "low" or "high" speed, allowing for a more controlled temperature throughout the home and therefore a more comfortable living environment. An added benefit to a more controlled temperature is the humidity control it affords, helping to alleviate mold concerns or humidity-related issues such as wood floor separation
-S Series Furnace - This industry changing cabinet design is certified to be airtight to less than 1% and has an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 96%, which is substantially higher than the Texas industry standard of 80%.
-Trane CleanEffects - Provides an industry leading whole home Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solution. CleanEffects removes up to 99.98% of allergens from filtered air, traps particles as small as .1 micron in size, and can reduce the need to dust in your home by up to 50%. In case you're questioning the validity of these astounding numbers, CleanEffects had its performance verified by leading experts at the Harvard School of Public Health.
-Trane Comfort Link Zoning - Zoning systems are utilized so our homeowners are able to have more independent control of various areas within the home all serviced by the same system. In effect, this can avail homeowners more temperature control, while also reducing the overall cost of energy usage due to the utilization of fewer systems.
-Honeywell TrueFRESH Ventilation System - This Energy Regulating Ventilator (ERV) allows us to bring in fresh air from the outside without an efficiency penalty on the equipment.
-Honeywell DR90 Dehumidifier - Helps remove excessive moisture from the air when necessary
-Trane 824 Wi-Fi Thermostats - High-quality touch screen display that operates the complete HVAC suite
-Hard Duct - We ran all hard duct HVAC in the crawlspace (see picture below) because rigid metal is less likely to be pinched down or crushed, thus permitting better air flow.
Drone footage of our 5923 Park Lane residence. Notice the Hard Ductwork being run in the crawlspace.
Today, we are constantly bombarded by things seen and unseen that can negatively impact our health. Our motto at Milan is Quality, Transparency, and Integrity. Constructing a home that has the potential to negatively impact our customer's health doesn't align with that motto. Therefore, on this residence we've chosen to install an HVAC system that works FOR our customers, not against them. For any questions or if you'd like to tour the home please reach out to Sam Allgood, our Director of Sales and Marketing, at (469) 333-8880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Indoor Air Quality: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).” HealthLink BC, 10 July 2017, www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/air-quality-VOCs.
“Volatile Organic Compounds Impact on Indoor Air Quality.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 6 Nov. 2017, www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality.