We depend on our heating and air conditioning system to keep us comfortable no matter what the weather does. But that’s not the only role it can serve, and if you aren’t using it to address other issues, you might not be taking the best advantage of the technology. Indoor air quality products installed in your system can help improve the air in your home and cut down on the circulation of germs and cold bugs.
This can be a huge benefit to any household, but in particular households with elderly residents or newborns should look into it, since the very old and the very young are often more vulnerable to illnesses. Here are a few ways to maintain high indoor air quality:
- UV Air Purifiers. UV air purifiers use ultraviolet light to kill germs, shining the light across the apex of your HVAC ducts. It’s harmless to humans and pets but kills or sterilizes one-celled organism, and works in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning to gradually scrub the air clean when you run your system.
- Duct Sanitizing. Dust and dirt can build up in your ducts very easily, especially during cooler parts of the year like now. In addition, mold growth is common in our part of the word, which can spread germs and illnesses whenever you turn on your system. A duct sanitizing session from a trained technician will clear up those problems and ensure that you’re not spreading illness just be running your system.
- Filters. Every heating and air conditioning system comes equipped with a filter, which helps strain out contaminants like dust and pet dander. Home filters need to be changed periodically in order to work: ideally once a month, but once every 2-3 months at the minimum. You can purchase new ones at any home improvement center. Look for higher-grade filters to help catch more contaminants if you are concerned about your household’s health.
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