You Are What You Breath
There are HVAC accessories that can improve your home’s air quality and your level of comfort
Most of us think only about the temperature of our house but when was the last time you thought about the quality of the air you are breathing?
We all spend a lot of our day living and sleeping in our homes and there are many HVAC products dedicated to improving the quality of your air, your comfort, and your health. As a bonus, they can also generate savings on your utility bills.
Some important accessories to consider are UV lights, air purifiers, humidifiers, and thermostats:
Whether or not you like to admit it, you may be breathing in pathogens such as bio-agents, viruses, and bacteria right in your own home. On a daily basis, you come into contact with microorganisms, pollen spores, mold, fungi, and harmful fumes from cleaning products. You may enjoy the smell of fresh paint or new carpet, but the chemicals you are taking in are damaging to your health. And if you have pets or a smoker in the house, well, the list of harmful agents just became even bigger.
Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental hazards, putting unwanted and potentially dangerous particles into the air. If you want to eliminate most of these harmful air pollutants, the first thing to consider is UV lighting. UV lights installed directly into your ductwork sterilize the air that passes through the light and transforms your ventilation system into a purification machine. It destroys air pollutants and completely removes them from the air, making it clean and safe to breath.
Having UV lighting installed is easy. Ask your HVAC contractor to install lights inside your existing system, or you can consider buying a new filtration system with the lights included. Installing lights is not expensive and the bulbs only need to be replaced annually for maximum effectiveness. You will notice a significant improvement in the air quality, which can make a huge impact on your quality of life.
To reduce the risk of poor air quality, a home needs sufficient outdoor air ventilation. In many harsh climates, however, it necessary to use an indoor air-cleaning device instead. You may be familiar with portable air purifiers and cleaners. These can be expensive and only impact one room or section of a house. A better option is an air purifier that can be installed directly into the ductwork of your home’s heating and air conditioning system. They efficiently clean the entire house with less cost.
Different air purifiers remove pollution from the air in different ways. For example, some pollutants that are eliminated by UV lighting can also be removed by a mechanical air filter or an electronic air cleaner.
Navigating your way through the world of air cleaners can be difficult, as each technique has its own pros and cons and different households have different air cleaning needs. Talk to an HVAC expert to determine the best choice for your home.
Remember when you were a kid and you had congestion and had trouble breathing? What did your mom do to help? If yours was like most, the solution was a humidifier.
Why do most mothers recommend humidifiers? Because air without enough moisture dries the skin, eyes, and throat, and can cause dehydration, congestion, coughing, and nose bleeds.
As great as these portable humidifiers were for these tough times, whole-house humidifiers can improve the comfort of your home all year. A portable humidifier requires daily monitoring and weekly cleaning to prevent the unit itself from spreading bacteria but a whole-house humidifier automatically maintains proper humidity levels throughout your entire home with very little maintenance.
Whole-house humidifiers attach to your furnace and circulate moisture-conditioned air through the same ductwork. Plumbed directly to your home’s water supply, they need little maintenance. All you have to worry about after installation is cleaning or replacing the filter twice per year. Not only will you feel more comfortable, whole-house humidifiers prevent damage to wood furnishings, electronics, paint, wallpaper, and hardwood floors, which are all sensitive to dry air. Properly humidified air even feels warmer than dry air; about 1 degree warmer per 10 percent humidity increase, so you may save money on utility bills too by lowering the thermostat a few degrees.
You probably walk by it every day, using it only when necessary. When it is cold, you turn up the heat. When it is warm, you turn it down. Like most of us, you probably don’t put much thought into your thermostat but you may want to rethink its importance. A quality thermostat increases efficiency and comfort and reduces breakdowns.
Newer thermostat models offer:
- The ability to program your thermostat to maintain a cooler temperature during the night and a warmer temperature during the day.
- The ability to control your thermostat from your smartphone or mobile device. A handy feature when you need to adjust setting while away from home.
- Zoning Systems offer the ability to turn off heat to rooms that are not in use and maintain different indoor temperature zones.
Ask your HVAC expert to tell you about the differences and benefits of the various thermostats available for installation. With the right thermostat and the optimal settings, you save substantially on heating and cooling expenses and gain personalized comfort.