May 26 2017

Smart Thermostat

No matter how new your HVAC system is or how clean you keep your home, no Englewood, Florida, homeowner is immune from indoor air quality issues. While preventive HVAC maintenance can address some air quality concerns, bigger problems often demand higher-level solutions. From zoning systems to whole-house air purifiers, check out five high-tech solutions that can fix even the most persistent IAQ issues.

Zoning Systems

If your home is on the large side or if you’ve added on a room or even an entire wing, a standard HVAC system might not give you the cooling power or air quality you need. After all, standard HVAC systems in larger homes often struggle to maintain a consistent temperature on upper and lower levels, and air conditioners can’t always cool new additions as effectively as you’d like.

Zoning systems are ideal for these situations since the All American Heating & Cooling team can often retrofit one onto your existing HVAC system. To install a zoning system, we add a series of dampers in the ductwork and connect each one to a central circuit board. Then we install a separate thermostat for each zone, so you can control the temperature and air quality separately in each part of your home.

Of course, zoning systems aren’t only for large homes. If some parts of your home always seem too hot and humid or the air always smells stale upstairs, a zoning system could be a smart solution. Since this type of system allows you to target air quality and comfort improvements where you need it most, it also helps you save.

Smart Thermostat

If you can never remember to replace your HVAC system’s air filter or check your home’s humidity level, invest in a smart thermostat that can do much of the work for you. In addition to keeping your home a comfortable temperature throughout the day, these devices can also keep the relative humidity level around 40 percent, which is considered ideal.

Many models also provide air filter replacement reminders every one to three months, so you’ll never forget to change it again. Since a clean air filter is one of the easiest and effective ways to improve your home’s IAQ, an automatic reminder is invaluable.

Air Purifier

For many homes, an air filter alone doesn’t do enough to eliminate airborne pollutants. That’s why our team often recommends that homeowners invest in an air purifier. Whole-house models work with your existing HVAC system to clean and purify the air every time the system cycles.

High-end models can even remove over 95 percent of contaminants like pollen, pet dander, mold, and tobacco smoke. Some can even trap and kill common viruses, which can substantially improve the health of your indoor air.

Whole-House Dehumidifier

In Florida, high humidity is a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to deal with excess moisture in your home. If the air in your home constantly feels moist or sticky, our team typically recommends a whole-home dehumidifier.

Like our air purifiers, our dehumidifiers work seamlessly with your HVAC system to improve your home’s air quality. A whole-house dehumidifier is one of the most useful HVAC accessories we offer, since pulling excess humidity out of the air both improves the air quality and helps your cooling system run more efficiently.

Energy-Recovery Ventilator

Our knowledgeable HVAC technicians know that stale air is nothing to sneeze at. After all, not only does old air tend to smell unpleasant, but it could also make your family sick.

If the air in your home never seems to smell fresh, consider investing in an energy-recovery ventilator. This HVAC accessory works hard to move stale air out of your home while drawing in a constant supply of clean air. It captures some of the energy from the outgoing air, enabling the device to pre-condition the incoming air and lessen the load on your HVAC system. This enables an energy-recovery ventilator to keep your home’s air fresh without wasting energy.

Does your Florida home need some serious IAQ help? Call the experienced team at All American Heating & Cooling today: 941-479-6060.

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