When you think of your HVAC system, you may only think about its ability to heat and cool your home, but it also has another important function -- your indoor air quality is partly influenced by your HVAC system. There are different strategies that can improve your air quality.
Use Better Filters
No matter the type of filter you use, you need to remember to change it at least monthly. Upgrading to a better quality filter will improve the air quality in your home because these filters are often able to capture smaller particles in the air. Some filters are considered medical-grade, meaning they capture some viruses, mold, and bacteria that becomes ambient, which can prevent the spread of illnesses. Better filters are especially important if anyone in your home has allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments since more indoor allergens can be reduced.
Regulate The Humidity
Your HVAC system should be sufficient to regulate the humidity inside your home, but this is not always the case. You may need a separate system or individual room devices to help with air quality. To start, install a device, such as a thermometer, that also monitors the humidity inside your home. Ideally, you will have one in each room since humidity levels can be significantly different throughout your home. If you identify problems throughout your home, a better investment would be a whole-home dehumidifier or humidifier. When there are only problems in a few locations, you can purchase a device for each area. In addition to improving indoor air quality by regulating humidity, you will find your home is more comfortable, especially if you have problems with high humidity.
Have Routine HVAC Maintenance
Many people only have their HVAC system serviced when they run into a problem with heating or cooling. Unfortunately, your system can work well at its job but still contribute to problems with your air quality. One problem is dust and debris in the air ducts. Your air ducts need to be cleaned at regular intervals, not only to prevent clogs but to avoid circulating allergens throughout your home. A well-maintained system that is sufficient for your heating and cooling needs will not need to run as long to reach the temperature set on your thermostat. Not only is this more efficient, it is easier to keep humidity levels in an acceptable range. For example, heating frequently contributes to dry air. When the heating system is efficient and does not run as long, it will not take as much moisture out of the air.
Indoor air quality is an important part of your household environment. Better air quality can reduce many indoor irritants that contribute to allergies or worsening breathing problems. For more information, contact an HVAC contractor in your area.