Did you know that the quality of your air plays a significant role in your family’s health? Poor indoor air quality can wreak havoc on the respiratory system, causing folks in Parrish, Florida, to suffer from allergies and worsened asthma symptoms. Fortunately, it’s easy to boost your home’s indoor air quality using your HVAC system. All you need to do is invest in the right air quality add-on.
Excess moisture in the air can make a room feel hotter than it actually is. On the flip side, dry air can aggravate respiratory problems and cause itchy skin and eyes. The key is finding that perfect balance of indoor humidity that works well for everyone.
Adding a whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier to your HVAC system may be the perfect solution. Portable room units are effective but only within the confines of their limited range. Whole-home units are designed to work with your heating and cooling system to provide humidity control to the entire home.
All you need to do is select your desired humidity percentage – aim for between 40 and 60 percent – on your thermostat or mobile app. With the proper humidity delivered to every room in the house, you can alleviate allergy symptoms with a simple push of a button.
Air cleaners and air purifiers use revolutionary technology to supply your home with healthier, cleaner air that literally makes it easier to breathe. Permanent whole-home air cleaners remove up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles, including harmful allergens and bacteria. Best of all, there are many types of whole-home air purifiers on the market, so you can incorporate one into almost any existing HVAC system.
Economical options include recessed air cleaners that resemble register vents and sit in a wall or ceiling. High-end options like electrostatic air cleaners connect directly to the HVAC system, usually between the return ductwork and air handler. Your HVAC service technician can evaluate your system to determine which type of air cleaner is suitable for your home.
Fresh air is essential. Unfortunately, far too many homes are poorly ventilated, which is detrimental to overall health. Adding a ventilator to your HVAC system provides a whole-home solution that brings in fresh air and exhausts stale air on a regular basis. Plus, ventilators are durable HVAC components designed for quiet operation. You won’t even know they’re running, but you’ll feel the effects almost immediately.
A good ventilator will stop condensation, control indoor pollution, reduce stuffiness and provide numerous health benefits. In fact, proper ventilation can reduce allergies, headaches, sinusitis and even dermatitis. It’s also a must-have for anyone with asthma.
Choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system is essential. Disposable air filters may be the traditional choice, but they aren’t the only option. Many homeowners opt for a reusable air filter designed to trap more pollen, dust, and bacteria than other types of filters. You can also pair a high-tech air filter with a whole-house filtration system to maximize your indoor air quality.
When considering your air filter options, think about your family’s lifestyle. Can you afford to spend money on replacement filters, or is it more viable to invest in a reusable filter? Do you mind cleaning a reusable filter yourself? How many pets do you have?
Whichever filter you choose, it’ll always be easy to maintain and access. In general, most filters should be cleaned and changed every three months. If your family has pets or suffers from asthma, though, you may want to change or clean the filter monthly.
Achieving a healthy, breathable indoor air quality is easier than you might think. With so many air quality products on the market, you can optimize your existing HVAC system and reduce a number of comfort- and health-related complaints.
Call All American Heating & Cooling at 941-479-6060 to schedule an appointment with an indoor air quality specialist. Our service technicians can review the best options for your home and come up with a solution that works for everyone.
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