Keeping a home as airtight as possible is important if you want to save money throughout the year on heating and air conditioning. Small leaks around the home, such as those around windows and doors, are a big deal as far as efficiency is concerned. They often add up, and can total a size as large as a basketball in an average home, amounting to about 25-40% less efficiency.
That’s why we encourage people to seal up their homes, and to, of course, close windows and doors while the AC or heating systems are in use. Unfortunately, the quality of the air you and your family members breathe can suffer as a result of our attempts to save money.
If you didn’t keep the house closed up as you ran the air conditioner or heater, your bills would be quite high, and the system may not even work. However, when you keep the home closed like that, particles circle around over and over again as air is sucked into your HVAC system. This includes allergens like mold spores and pet dander, as well as bacteria and viruses.
Forced-air heating and air conditioning systems all have an air filter, but it might not do the job. It can take some contaminants out of the air, but it cannot restrict all of them. Besides, bacteria and other germs can build up on the filter and reproduce.
If you really want to improve air quality in a home that is well-sealed, you need to add additional indoor air quality equipment to your home. UV air purifiers kill germs on contact, while electronic air cleaners are able to remove more particulate than the average filter.
Bring in some fresh air and comfort with our selection of indoor air quality products installed in your HVAC system. Ask our technicians for more information.
Mark Lindsay and Son Plumbing & Heating Inc installs and services indoor air quality equipment in Franklin Lakes and the surrounding areas. Call us today!