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HVAC FAQ's

Air Purification FAQ’s:

Heating & Air Conditioning FAQ’s:

Air Purification FAQ’s:

What causes indoor air problems?
Indoor pollution sources that release VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or particulate into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes and offices. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute the emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentration of some pollutants.

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How is an air purifier different from an air filter?
A purifier will not trap particles. What particles go into the Fresh Air Concepts air purifier come out of the Fresh Air Concepts air purifier. What is important is that the particles that come out of the Fresh Air Concepts air purifier are DEAD. Bacteria and viruses are sterilized and chemical odors are oxidized, so chemical and biological contaminants are destroyed, not masked.

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What is the difference between a Fresh Air Concepts air purifier and an air filter?
An air filter is designed to collect particulate from the air. Air-born living organisms such as bacteria and viruses pass through the filter much like sand would pass through a tennis racket. Some filters such as carbon filters do a good job with odors, but they have to be changed frequently and are very costly. In contrast, Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers are designed to change the molecular structure of the contaminant through Photo-Oxidation and DNA Sterilization.

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How does ultraviolet light kill biological and chemical contaminants?
Ultraviolet light has four principal wavelengths: UV-A, UV-B, UV-C and UV-V. Fresh Air Concepts uses a patented “J” Lamp, which produces UV-C and UV-V light. UV-C is short-wave radiation. This wavelength’s primary uses are for the destruction of bacteria and other microorganisms that pass through the Aluminum Chamber. The Centers for Disease Control recommends this method for destroying viruses such as Tuberculosis. UV-V is primarily used for oxidization; this is the portion of the lamp that will neutralize odors in the air. Both UV wavelengths work together to destroy the contaminant; UV-C penetrates the cell’s membrane destroying the cell’s DNA while UV-V destroys the chemicals of the dead cell.

Both UV wavelengths attack the microorganism on a molecular level, actually changing the DNA of the cell. These changes result in incorrect codes being transmitted from the modified DNA, which lead to the destruction of the microorganism.

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Are the Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers effective in treating mold?
Mold feed off bacteria in order to grow. Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers destroy the bacteria, which means mold has no source of food. Without a source of food, mold will quickly be destroyed.

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Are Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers safe?
Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers are CSA and NRTL/C certified and have been third party real world tested. In addition to several university studies in the United States and Canada.

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What maintenance is required?
Besides changing the lamp, no other maintenance is required.

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How much electricity does a Fresh Air Concepts air purifier consume?
Electrical consumption varies by model. The FAC1500X and CMU-16 use approximately 15 watts of electricity and the FAC3500X uses approximately 25 watts of electricity, which is less than the average light bulb.

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Should I use an air filter with my Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifier?
Yes, the air purifier kills germs and bacteria and destroys odors; but it does not dispose of the particulate, which is airborne. This requires a quality particulate filter.

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What are the applications and uses for Fresh Air Concepts’ UV air purifiers?
Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers will destroy biological and chemical contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, mildew, smoke, formaldehyde, cleaning solvents, etc. Click here for a list of contaminants treated by Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers.

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Are Fresh Air Concepts’ air purification systems difficult to install?
No, Fresh Air Concepts’ air purification systems require limited installation. However, each installation varies depending on the application.

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Do Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers have to run 24 hours a day?
Induct models are designed to run 24 hours a day. That is not to say that they will. The in-duct models have a sensor, which means the unit will only run when the fan is on.

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What is my warranty?
Fresh Air Concepts’ air purifiers are warranted for 3 years on parts including the UV lamp. Fresh Air Concepts administers the warranty.

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Heating & Air Conditioning FAQ’s:

What is Puron Refrigerant?
Puron refrigerant is used in residential and light commercial air conditioning and heat pump systems. It is the substance that helps the system remove heat from indoor air. and transfer that heat or cold to the outside air. the key to any comfort system. To see how a complete system works together to heat or cool, click here to see how the Puron System works.

Chemically, Puron refrigerant is an environmentally sound 50/50 blend of two separate refrigerants, R32 and R-125. Consumer products featuring Puron refrigerant were first marketed in 1996.

You now have the choice to ask for an air conditioner or heat pump that uses the non-ozone depleting Puron refrigerant when buying a system for your home.

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What should I look for in a home comfort system?
When you are looking for a new replacement system, two of the most basic questions you need to have answered are:

What makes my home comfortable?

The four biggest factors in your home’s comfort are:

 

  • Temperature
  • Cleanliness/freshness of air
  • Humidity
  • System Control

 

What kind of system is right for me?
The system that is right for you will depend on a number of factors: your budget, your comfort expectations, physical factors such as what type of system currently exists in your home, the unique features of your home, and more.

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Should I repair or replace old equipment?

Three main factors to consider are:

  • Life expectancy
  • Operating cost
  • Looking at the big picture

Life Expectancy of Current System.
When you’re frustrated with an equipment break-down, it can be tempting to find the least expensive “quick fix” to get on with your life in relative comfort. That “quick fix” may be the least expensive now, but it may not give you the most value – or cost you the least – in the long run.

Paying for repairs to an old or inefficient system often simply prolongs the inevitable. It’s almost like putting a bandage on a serious injury. An older system that breaks down once is likely to break down again … and again. That means more emergency service calls or, worse yet, the risk of damage to your home or to other components of your heating and cooling system.

Should I Repair or Replace My Existing System? Sometimes it is hard to decide whether to repair an existing heating or cooling unit. Here is a survey that you can take that may help you with the process.

Operating Cost.
There’s also an ongoing cost factor to consider. Restoring your old system will only bring it back to its current level of energy efficiency. After you’ve recovered from the repair bills and the frustration of system breakdowns, you still won’t save on your energy bills.

Even six-year-old heat pumps and air conditioners are considered grossly inefficient by today’s energy efficiency standards. So are most furnaces built before 1980. So you could save up to 60% on your energy bills with new high-efficiency equipment. That’s why installing a new heating and cooling system can actually pay for itself in energy savings within a relatively short time.

Looking at the Big Picture.
When one component of your system breaks down unexpectedly, it’s easy to just focus on repairing or replacing that component. But each part of your system works with the others to boost efficiency and reliability, so it helps to keep the big picture in mind.

Replacing your old furnace with a new higher-efficiency model but leaving your old mechanical thermostat in place, for example, won’t allow you to enjoy all the efficiency advantages the furnace has to offer. Likewise, if you install a new furnace but don’t get a humidifier, the air may seem cooler, forcing you to operate your new system at a higher temperature to be comfortable. Plus, you can often save on installation costs if you have several components of your system (for example, a furnace and an air conditioner) replaced at the same time.

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What about Environmental Issues?
There’s a hole in the ozone. Global warming is here. Most of us are aware of how our lifestyles can affect the environment. Carrier is aware of this also, and offers options for making your system more environmentally sound.

Environmentally Sound Refrigerant

  • 20 percent of all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions
  • 26 of all U.S. sulfur dioxide emissions
  • 15 of all U.S. nitrogen oxides emissions

By using more energy-efficient appliances and heating and cooling equipment, and constructing more energy-efficient homes, we can reduce this pollution – and save money at the same time!

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Fresh Air Concepts
5195 Raynor Ave Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Phone: 410-789-7800