Sometimes what appears to be a good idea for saving energy may not work so well. That’s the case when closing forced air heating and air conditioning vents (registers) in unused rooms in your house or commercial building. Instead of helping, this practice may increase utility bills and damage heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
A home HVAC system generally has one register and one fresh air return per room. If you close the register but leave the return open, the return’s duct creates a suction. It draws in outside air through leaks surrounding exterior doors, windows and electrical outlets. In winter, this means extra cold air to heat. In the summer, the infiltration of extra air increases cooling costs.
Thermostats have been around forever, yet some folks don’t know whether or not to have the HVAC fan continue running after the home has reached its target temperature or not. It’s a choice between “on” and “auto.” Auto means the fan will automatically work only when the air is being cooled or heated. The fan stops once the set temperature is reached. On the flip side, on means that it works 24/7, even after the set temperature has been achieved. So, which setting is right for you?
What’s the most important maintenance task that takes under five minutes but keeps your system running more efficiently than ever? Changing your furnace filter to ensure any allergen or dust is being removed from the air. Unfortunately, it’s also the easiest task to put off or forget, until the system breaks down or you notice a loss of indoor air quality. In fact, most people don’t know how often to change the filter and remembering when to change the filters is another problem.
The air in your home or office could be hazardous to your health! Most people spend a majority of their time indoors, so it’s important the air you breathe is healthy. Stagnant indoor atmospheres are ideal for buildup of air pollutants with many factors contributing to poor air quality. Luckily, there are ways to help combat these pollutants.
If there’s one thing common to Florida, it’s that allergy season hits hard. Even when outdoor allergies are not being a problem, indoor allergies, such as pet dander, mold and dust mite debris can all wreak serious havoc on your immune system. How do you get your allergies under control in your home? These easy tips will have you smiling and sneeze-free in no time.
With allergies, asthma and sick building syndrome in the news, there’s been a lot of focus on improving indoor air quality. But beyond your HVAC system and air conditioning efficiency, what does indoor air quality mean for your home and quality of life? Here are a few great benefits of improving your home’s indoor air quality.
We’re always told to “take time to smell the roses.” But when you have allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, that can be difficult at best. When you spend most of your time indoors, indoor air quality is of vital importance to your health and comfort. But how do you ensure that your indoor air is being treated to get the best possible quality? Easy — by following these three simple steps:
Your family spends more time in your home than anywhere else. Isn’t it important that they breathe the cleanest air possible? These tips will help ensure your family avoids the many health issues related to poor indoor air quality.
Before you head outdoors to bask in gorgeous spring weather, make sure your HVAC system is ready for warmer temperatures. Below are steps you can take to initiate a smooth transition from blustery winter to cool spring.
With allergy season just around the corner, making sure you have good indoor air quality is surely a prime concern for many households, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies or live with someone who does. There are several advantages in taking the extra steps to maintain an ideal indoor environment. Below are some of these reasons.