When you walk into a room, you determine whether it is too warm or too cool and adjust the air accordingly. For many people, that is the extent of their HVAC consideration. Heating and cooling are often taken for granted in a home; they aren’t things that people want to spend a lot of time thinking about.
However, your HVAC system does so much than just regulate the temperature. In addition to heating and cooling units, it includes ductwork that transports air throughout your house and filters that remove dust and particles. It affects many different aspects of your life without you even knowing it. Here are three ways your home will benefit from a properly maintained HVAC system:
Improves Indoor Air Quality
When an HVAC system is working properly, it can reduce the presence of pollutants like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke, pet dander, car exhaust, and cleaning products. An example that speaks to families especially can be found during cold and flu season. Think about when your child comes home from school with a cold – everyone in the house is likely to get it. While nothing can completely remove that possibility, proper upkeep of your HVAC system can reduce the risk by circulating clean air through the house and trapping harmful particles in its filter.
Keeping the air moving also prevents the air from getting stale and becoming a breeding ground for allergens and pollutants. Change filters regularly to keep these pollutants out of the indoor air and reduce allergic reactions to stimulants like cat hair and mold. Trickle ventilation can increase ventilation and improve air quality even when you open a window to let fresh air and the accompanying pollutants in.
HVAC systems reduce the amount of moisture in the air. This is important because a space with a high level of moisture is the perfect place for mold and mildew to grow. Your HVAC system works in tandem with the exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove moisture after showers so that the air circulating in your house remains breathable, even for those with severe allergies.
Lower Energy Bills
Keeping your HVAC system maintained properly, changing filters often, and sealing any cracks around windows and doors will keep your hard-earned money in your pocket. Cracks let air from outside in and cool or warm air that is inside out. As a result of these cracks, you will find yourself running your heat and air conditioning more to bring the room to the desired temperature. Proper maintenance of these variables will keep costs down, as well as keep your home temperate and low on pollutants. For even better efficiency, use your ceiling fan to help heat and cool your home.
Your HVAC system is a powerhouse tool at work in your home. Keep it running smoothly with regular maintenance, and your entire family will reap the rewards — including better air quality and lower monthly bills.