Many devices for your HVAC system can help you conserve energy and save money. They can also make your home in Sebastian, Florida, more comfortable and even increase its value. Keep reading to learn more about popular HVAC accessories and how they can help your family.
With a smart or programmable thermostat, you can stay comfortable while saving power. You can set it to turn your HVAC system down while you’re usually at work or asleep. Some smart thermostats can connect to cameras or motion sensors and learn your routine over time. With others, you can set separate areas or zones to various temperatures, keeping people with different preferences comfortable in the same home.
You can control many programmable thermostats wirelessly with a remote or your smartphone. That way, you can easily make last-minute changes from anywhere. You can also receive maintenance reminders, humidity monitoring and indoor air quality monitoring. Some smart thermostats let you set a code to keep guests or kids from making unauthorized changes, as well.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
New houses have ample insulation to make them more energy efficient. Unfortunately, the extra insulation keeps dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, biological growth and other contaminants inside your home, as well.
An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) works like a heat pump to save energy while removing bad smells, excess moisture and contaminants. In the winter, it transfers heat from outgoing air to incoming air. The process reverses in the summer.
An ERV can remove viruses, bacteria and volatile organic compounds that can get past your HVAC system’s air filter. It can reduce illnesses, allergy symptoms, dizziness, headaches, and other problems by removing stale air and filtering fresh air. It can even:
- Help keep your ductwork clean
- Lower the amount of dust on your floors and furniture
- Extend your HVAC system’s life by reducing wear and preventing breakdowns
Your HVAC system’s filter can capture dust, dirt and pollen. However, you’ll need an air purifier with a better filter to catch other contaminants.
You can have a whole-home air filter installed in your ductwork by a professional. You can also use a portable model in one or two rooms at a time. Like the air filter for your HVAC system, you should change your air purifier’s filter at least every few months to keep it working at peak efficiency. Some air cleaners can catch particles as small as viruses and bacteria, as well.
UV Air Cleaners
A UV air cleaner uses ultraviolet (UVC) light that’s usually blocked by the planet’s atmosphere. It’s stronger than the UVA or UVB light that causes sunburns, and it can kill microorganisms or keep them from reproducing by damaging their DNA. You can have an expert install a coil sterilization light inside your heater or air conditioner’s air handler. You can get an air sterilization light placed in your ductwork.
A UV lamp will prevent biological growth and help keep your HVAC system working efficiently. It’ll keep illnesses like the flu from spreading and protect people who already have health problems from infection. It can also prevent asthma or allergy symptoms from pests and their droppings. To keep your UV lamp working well, you should have the bulb changed about once per year.
In Florida, the air is often humid, even in winter. A dehumidifier will prevent biological growth and make your home feel more comfortable. It’ll also help you use your HVAC system less, save energy, and stop damage to your walls, ceilings, floors and furniture. You can have a whole-home model installed in your ductwork, or you can use a smaller and more portable version.
Barker Air Conditioning and Heating is a Trane Comfort Specialist with 60 years of HVAC and indoor air quality experience. We can help you choose the best HVAC systems and accessories for your home. For excellent service from our knowledgeable professionals, call us anytime at 772-589-9899.
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