What Can I Add to my HVAC for Better Air Quality?
TechXpert verified by Ken K
Air-purifying systems like air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and UV lamps can be added to your HVAC system to help clean the air in your home. While your HVAC has air filters that are designed to keep your air clean, adding an air purifying system can help your HVAC work harder to provide consistently clean air.
Helpful Additions for Your HVAC
Your HVAC system works around the clock for your home, and while it can’t ask for help, it would likely welcome an air purifying system to relieve some of the burden. Here’s a rundown of helpful additions to your system:
An air purifier uses an internal system of fans to pull in air that goes through its filters, where contaminants like mold, dust, pollen, bacteria, and pet dander are collected. They are best-suited for removing a large variety of contaminants, reducing the distress of allergies and asthma, and keeping your air clean when your HVAC may struggle to do so.
Media Air Filters
These air cleaners are used in the return air duct of a forced air system to trap airborne particles. Here’s how it works: air passes through your HVAC system and the media air filter catches particles and pollutants before they make it into your rooms. Media air filters are an easy and effective extra step to cleaner air.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
If you live in an area with high humidity, it’s likely that the growth of mold, mildew, and allergens is affecting your home’s air quality. Installing a dehumidifier can prevent the buildup of mold and control and remove the moisture in your air when your HVAC can’t handle that on its own.
Alternatively, very dry air can impact your quality of life, too — if your air is notoriously dry, consider adding a humidifier.
If your thermostat is on its last legs, consider investing in a smart thermostat that can help you monitor and control the temperature and quality of your air. A smart thermostat can enhance the efficiency of the airflow in your home.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide (CO) is commonly referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it’s a colorless and odorless gas that’s difficult to detect unless you have carbon monoxide alarms installed in your home.
CO is produced by fireplaces, fuel-burning appliances, and the cars parked in your garage. Carbon monoxide alarms are triggered as soon as they detect dangerously high levels of the gas, protecting the health and safety of you and your family. Don’t have this system of alarms installed yet? Now’s the time.
UV (ultra violet) lights can be designed to fit inside your HVAC system where they deliver radiation to kill pathogens and microorganisms like germs, viruses, and other bacteria floating around your system’s drain pan or coils. UV lamps can prevent the growth of these contaminants, improving the overall efficiency and airflow in your home.
If your home is well-insulated and tightly sealed at the doors and windows, there’s a chance your indoor air isn’t well ventilated. Ventilators work to push out stale and contaminated air and bring in fresh air to be filtered as it travels through your HVAC system. These are compatible with your insulation and can reduce the amount of energy your HVAC uses to filter air.
If your home has multiple rooms, it’s not always necessary to heat or cool all of them at the same time. Rather, it’s smart to add a zoned heating and cooling system to your HVAC unit that allows you to manage the temperature in each area of your house. Zoning systems can greatly reduce energy costs.
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