Your home’s HVAC system and indoor air quality are strongly related to one another. All the air in your home circulates through your HVAC system, so it’s the best place to address indoor air quality issues. Here are the ways indoor air quality and HVAC are connected.
What is HVAC?
This term stands for heating ventilation and air conditioning. Your heating system, air conditioner, ductwork and thermostat form your home’s HVAC system. Your HVAC system is responsible for heating and cooling your home, reducing humidity and otherwise improving your home’s indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality
Most homes have very poor indoor air quality. The most common indoor air quality problems are dust particles, bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), excessive moisture, pesticides, radon and carbon monoxide. Your HVAC system is a great ally in dealing with these problems so your family stays healthy. Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in Northglenn, CO, helps customers improve their home’s indoor air quality. We offer products and services that address the unique air quality situation in your home.
HVAC Air Filter
There’s a filter in your HVAC system that improves your indoor air quality. However, that isn’t the main reason why your HVAC system has a filter. The filter is primarily designed to keep dust and dirt away from your heating and cooling equipment as it can cause some rather nasty and costly problems. Changing your HVAC system’s filter regularly is important. It keeps your equipment running efficiently and problem-free. The filter traps dust, dirt and other large particles so they don’t enter your home and decrease the indoor air quality.
Air Conditioning Dehumidifies Your Home
While an air conditioner cools your home down, it also dehumidifies it. Air conditioners remove moisture from your home’s air and release it outside. High humidity is a breeding ground for mold and dust mites.
You can have an air cleaner installed directly in your home’s HVAC system. An air cleaner helps make your home free of pollen, dirt, dust, fungi and other tiny particles. They can use HEPA, media or electronics to clean the air. They can remove up to 94% of the pollutants in the air that passes through them.
UV Air Purifier
There are air purifiers that use UV (ultraviolet) light to destroy viruses, bacteria, mold and VOCs. These air purifiers are installed in your HVAC system’s return ducts. This technology has been used in water treatment facilities for many years.
Air Duct Cleaning
You can have a professional heating and cooling company clean your air ducts to improve indoor air quality. Duct cleaning involves using negative pressure to remove dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria and fungus from your home. This is especially beneficial for people who have allergies or asthma. A professional heating and cooling company such as Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in Northglenn, CO, can help with your air-purifying and duct cleaning needs.
You can improve the indoor air quality of your home by improving its ventilation. Proper ventilation will bring in fresh air from outdoors and expel stale air. You can also install mechanical ventilation as part of your home’s HVAC system.
Whole-house ventilation uses fans to better control the exchange of outdoor and indoor air. Experts usually recommend that about half of your home’s air volume be exchanged every hour.
While an air conditioner reduces humidity in your home, it may not be enough. If you live in a very humid region, you may need to have a whole-home dehumidifier installed in your HVAC system.
Some areas of the country have low humidity. This comes with its own set of problems. Dry air can irritate your respiratory system. It also damages any wood you have in your home, such as furniture or paneling.
A whole-house humidifier adds moisture to your home’s air. It does so either by introducing steam or water vapor into your HVAC system. Humid air is then blown throughout your home.
You should have your HVAC system regularly maintained by a professional. The technician will clean critical equipment during maintenance, which helps your indoor air quality.
Unique Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. can install, repair and tune-up your Northglenn home’s HVAC system. We work on furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners for residential and commercial customers. Our commercial services include helping businesses with their hot water needs. For residential customers, we install traditional water heaters and tankless water heaters. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and serving your home climate comfort needs.