If you have asthma, you probably understand how the quality of the air you breathe can directly affect your quality of life. But did you know that your HVAC system can help minimize the discomfort of asthma symptoms? After all, whether it’s July or December, HVAC systems control the air we breathe. That’s why optimizing your HVAC system can be very beneficial and can help you breathe a little easier. Here are some ways to optimize your HVAC system that can improve your quality of life by improving the quality of your air.
Filter lives matter
Your system’s air filter (or filters) play a critical role in filtering out airborne pollutants, such as pet dander, mold, pollen, and dust mites. Choose a filter that has a high MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Recording Value). The higher the rating, the better the filter. HEPA filters have the highest rating, but it’s essential to make sure your HVAC system is designed to use HEPA filters, or it can overwork your system. Also, be sure to change your filter regularly based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Banish excess humidity
Moist, humid environments are a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and dust mites. Running a dehumidifier to remove excess humidity and moisture from the air can remove the breeding ground and alleviates some of the burden on your air conditioner. Added bonus – it can also help reduce your overall energy costs.
Shed some light on the subject
UV light, that is. The latest technology includes using UV lamps in conjunction with your HVAC system to kill bacteria and mold in the air and your system’s coils.
Back up your system with an air purifier
Air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters can help tip the scales when it comes to indoor air quality. Be sure to select the purifier for your square footage and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for changing the filter.
Maintain good indoor air quality with regular maintenance
Enjoying a high level of air quality means making sure you maintain the equipment used to produce it! Don’t skip routine maintenance like changing air filters, cleaning the ductwork, and other essential tasks that keep your HVAC system running smoothly. You’ll also be avoiding steep repair bills associated with poor maintenance.
If you’d like to learn more about optimizing your HVAC system, contact the professionals at Advent Air. Our team of HVAC specialists is dedicated to improving the air you and your family breathe every day. Call today for a free system evaluation or to schedule your HVAC system maintenance.