When people think about upgrading their HVAC system, they usually are referring to energy-efficiency upgrades. They probably want to lower their energy bills, decrease their energy output for environmental concerns, or both. These upgrades can be costly and are not pursued as often because of this fact. Most times the thought of an expensive hvac contractor bill comes to mind, but there are ways to enhance your system with the following tips. These other upgrades can be done to your existing system that are low-cost and can help improve your family’s health.
Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and our indoor air quality is extremely bad. In fact, there have been numerous studies that point out the fact that most homes’ indoor air quality is worse than the air quality outside. When it comes to upgrading your system, don’t let energy-efficiency be the only thing prompting you. Instead, factor in your family’s health as well.
While there are safeguards in place with most HVAC systems to catch the debris you don’t want entering your home, they don’t always work 100% of the time. These safeguards are called air filters, and they catch items like mold, mildew, pollen, dust, mites, etc. They are meant to be changed on a regular basis to prevent their getting clogged, which can ultimately lead to strain on your system and the air that’s being re-circulated back into your home being polluted with this debris. Oftentimes, these filters are not changed when they should be, or cheap filters are used instead.
Here are a few affordable upgrades you can give your system to give its filters a helping hand and to give you the healthy boost your indoor air quality needs.
Air Purifier – Air purifiers can remove unwanted items such as mold, mildew, pollen, and more. There are some air purifiers that don’t run on filters, and so they never have to be changed. Some purifiers can clean your indoor air up to 8 times within an hour.
Humidifiers – When the heat is on, we all feel the effects. Dry skin and dry sinuses are just a few of the unpleasant sensations we get. Humidifiers can help combat the dry heat being pushed out through your heater so you can feel more comfortable in your living space while still staying warm.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms – For those who live in cooler areas, you know the threat that carbon monoxide can pose to your family. While alarms cannot be attached to your HVAC system, they can still be a complimentary appendage to it. Install a carbon monoxide alarm so you can ensure your HVAC system is running as it should, and levels aren’t getting dangerously high.
UV Lamps – In order to have your air conditioner work, and push out cool air, the use of water comes into play. This water is meant to cool air from the outside, but as a side effect of this process, unwanted breeding of mold, bacteria and mildew can occur. Utilizing UV lamps can lessen the occurrence of the breeding and provide your family the clean indoor air you deserve.
One of the best investments you can make in your HVAC system is to order an annual tune-up. A professional technician will be able to keep the system in tip top shape and replace parts as they wear out. This will ensure your system will run at peak efficiency its entire life, saving you money in unnecessary repair bills. Call a Vancouver HVAC contractors today to set up your next inspection.