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FOR CLEAN AIR WEEK, ASK, IS YOUR HOME MAKING YOU SICK? ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 FOR CLEAN AIR WEEK, ASK, IS YOUR HOME MAKING YOU SICK?
 ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
 INDIANAPOLIS, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As the focus of the nation shifts more to environmental concerns, Clean Air Week (May 2-8) is a good time to consider the quality of the air we breathe both indoors and out.
 Environmentalists now proclaim that the air within homes and other buildings may be more polluted than the outdoor environment in even the largest of industrialized cities.
 "Sick building syndrome" and "indoor air quality" (IAQ), crucial issues affecting the industrial sector in terms of designing, building or leasing a commercial building, will in fact, impact anyone who works, plays, shops, attends school or even worships in a commercial structure. Anyone who uses a building with an unhealthy air quality is at risk.
 The problem applies to homes in much the same way.
 Tight Homes Cause Problems
 "As homes become better insulated and more air-tight to help save on heating and cooling bills, more potentially hazardous particles are trapped indoors creating indoor air pollution," explains Frank Hartman, vise president residential marketing, Bryant Heating and Cooling.
 "Electronic air cleaners can remove up to 95 percent of the dust, dirt, smoke, pollen, grease and micro-organisms that are circulating within a typical home," adds Hartman.
 Electronic air cleaners range in size from large units that attach to a duct of a central air system to small room units that fit on a tabletop.
 Working on a principle similar to a magnet, electronic air cleaners use a four-step cleaning process to electronically "scrub" indoor air. First, large particles such as lint are screened out of the air by a pre-filter. Next, the remaining smaller particles, too small to be seen with the naked eye, receive an electronic charge in the ionizer section. These charged particles are then magnetically trapped in the collector, before passing through a charcoal filter which further cleans the air. The fourth step neutralizes the charged air before it is recirculated into the room or air duct.
 The ionization process allows electronic air cleaners to remove particles as small as one-hundredth (.01) of a micron, which includes most tobacco smoke, fumes and bacteria. To compare, the best, most efficient mechanical air cleaners that use a filter similar to the pre- filter in the first step of the electronic process, will remove particles a half micron (.5) or larger.
 Saves Money, Too
 Prices for electronic air cleaners range from under $100 for a room unit to a few hundred for a unit capable of cleaning the entire interior space of a house. And because they dramatically cut down on indoor grime, they can save you money and time spent cleaning walls and furnishings, replacing furniture, and redecorating. Additionally, an electronic air cleaner attached to a central heating or cooling system will pay for itself many times over by maintaining a cleaner system for peak efficiency.
 Electronic air cleaners may also be tax deductible when prescribed by a physician -- to remove allergens such as pollen or animal hair, for example. Also, many health insurance policies featuring medical equipment endorsements cover prescribed air cleaning costs.
 Depending on the amount of pollutants in your home, the air cleaner's filter has to be cleaned every one to six months. Most air cleaners come with an easily accessible filter cartridge for easy cleaning. Air cleaners from Bryant have easily removed collector cells that can be washed in the dishwasher.
 Purchasing an electronic air cleaner is much like purchasing an air conditioner -- you need to pay attention to efficiency ratings.
 "An electronic air cleaner that's attached to a central air system should rate at least 65 percent efficiency at the higher airflow rating of your system," states Hartman. "Airflow, which is measured in cubic feet per minute, (cfm) measures the rate that air circulates within your system's air ducts. A reputable heating and air conditioning dealer can help you choose the model that is properly sized for your system."
 An electronic air cleaner is an affordable home improvement that makes a big difference in your comfort and the way you feel. For more information about electronic air cleaners and to locate your nearest Bryant dealer, call 800-HOT-SALE (468-7253).
 Bryant, founded in 1904, manufactures and markets commercial and residential heating and cooling products for sale in both the United States and Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Rick Burt of Bryant Heating and Cooling, 315-432-3147, or Donna Wisecup or Jonathan Show of Gibbs & Soell, 212-481-4488, for Bryant Heating and Cooling/ CO: Bryant Heating and Cooling ST: Indiana IN: HOU SU:


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