A healthier alternative to air conditioning
In a recent study, the EPA estimated that stale, indoor air circulated by air conditioners is up to 200% more harmful than fresh air from outside. So not only is AC expensive to run, the air it circulates is filled with harmful contaminants. The most effective way to improve your indoor air is to reduce or remove the sources of pollutants and to ventilate with clean outdoor air. Accomplish this with the Cape BreeZ filtering window fan - a safer, more affordable alternative to air conditioning.
Your family deserves clean, filtered air
When it comes to air pollution, there's no place like home. Today's tighter houses keep the weather outside, but they also keep contaminants inside. Since most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, mostly in their homes, much of their exposure to airborne pollutants takes place under their own roof. Not only does CapeBreeZ pull in cool, fresh air from outside when the conditions are right, it comes equipped with a MERV 8 filter for effective filtration of common outdoor allergens and air contaminants.
Customize your filtration level
Perhaps you live in a highly polluted urban area or have a family member with extreme allergies or respiratory issues like asthma. In these cases, you would benefit from upgrading your standard MERV 8 filter to a MERV 11 or MERV 13 filter. These offer heavier protection from pollutants like car fumes, smog, and smoke, as well as bacteria, virus carriers, and other microscopic allergens.
Not sure which filter you need? See our handy chart below.
A GUIDE TO POLLUTANTS
With the right filter in place, CapeBreeZ can block all of these harmful impurities.
Typically yellow, pollen is a fine powdery substance discharged by trees and flowers. Just a few grains of pollen can be enough to cause watery eyes, a runny nose, an itchy throat, and a slew of other irritating symptoms. With our MERV 8 filter in place, don't need to worry about opening a window and getting an allergy flare-up.
Dust mites are tiny bugs that feed on dust and dead skin cells. Our standard MERV 8 filter is sufficiently prevents circulating these little guys throughout your indoor space.
We love our furry friends, but cat and dog dander causes health issues for millions of children and adults. Pet dander is very tiny particles of skin that had been shed from animals with fur or feathers. If you have a cat or dog allergy, your body's immune system reacts to proteins in the pet's dander, urine and saliva. Our standard MERV 8 filter will help relieve allergies caused by pet dander by circulating fresh, clean air into your space.
Mold can be extremely harmful if not properly managed. Prevent mold spores from entering your home with a MERV 8 filter.
Colds, flu, and other viruses are usually spread through microorganisms that become airborne. The microorganisms are then transmitted from one person to another by breathing indoor air that contains the contaminant. With a hospital-grade fine MERV 13 filter in place, you can expect to filter out bacteria, viruses, and other harmful germs from the outside air and keep family healthy.
Smog is air pollution that reduces visibility. It is unhealthy to humans, animals, and plants... and is most common in big cities with a lot of industry and traffic. Today, most of the smog we see is photochemical smog, which is produced when sunlight reacts with nitrogen oxides and at least one volatile organic compound (VOC) in the atmosphere. Nitrogen oxides come from car exhaust, coal power plants, and factory emissions. VOCs are released from gasoline, paints, and many cleaning solvents. When sunlight hits these chemicals, they form airborne particles and ground-level ozone—or smog.
Ozone can be helpful or harmful. The ozone layer high up in the atmosphere protects us from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet radiation. But ground-level ozone can damage lung tissue and is especially harmful to people with respiratory illnesses like asthma.
What is a MERV Filter?
Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) is a standard that rates the overall effectiveness of air filters. A higher value MERV rating equates to finer filtration, meaning fewer dust particles and other airborne contaminants can pass through the filter. Some of the common particles that filters are tested for include pollen, dust mites, textile and carpet fibers, mold spores, dust, pet dander, bacteria and tobacco smoke.
MERV Ratings Defined
For an accurate understanding of your filtration needs we highly recommend the Wikipedia reference to, and examples of, the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV rating system. This link will take you to their complete presentation, which should help guide you to the best choice for your home from among our CapeBreeZ filter offerings: MERV 8 and 13.
According to Wikipedia, filters at these levels progressively screen out these common airborne pollutants (and more):
MERV 8 – Mold, spores, dust mite debris, hair spray, cat and dog dander.
MERV 13 - Some bacteria, droplets from sneezing, dust from insecticides and smoke.
As the MERV number increases so too does a filter’s ability to minimize the impact of all airborne pollutants including – at the top end of the spectrum – smells associated with stifling summer heat and smoke from wildfires. We recommend that you carefully consider family breathing concerns and other environmental issues before selecting one or the other of our optional filters. However, our standard MERV 8 filter should be sufficient for most households.