06 Jan Heating and Cooling in Denver Homes: Ensuring Good Indoor Air Quality
Today’s Denver consumers are product-savvy. Before they part with their hard-earned money for a new HVAC unit, they first make sure to look into factors like energy efficiency and maintenance requirements. Once they assess the different facets of their HVAC options, they are ready to make the purchase.
Unfortunately, no matter how high a unit’s energy efficiency rating is, it will be a waste if it was installed incorrectly. A recent survey by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NSIT) reveals that a large number of HVAC efficiency issues are due to installation errors. Overall, these installation mistakes increase household energy consumption by 30 percent.
With this in mind, homeowners should depend on highly skilled HVAC contractors like Total Plumbing for their new HVAC unit installation. A proper installation of a Denver heating and cooling unit results in its optimum performance. Apart from energy efficiency, however, homeowners should also pay attention to the quality of indoor air that the device produces.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to discomfort and health issues like coughing, sore throat, watery or itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties. Adequate maintenance of Denver heating and air conditioning units can help set good indoor air quality in place. Here are some pointers to keep in mind:
Clean HVAC units regularly.
Maintain a regular cleaning schedule for the HVAC equipment. Some households may need to clean more often than others especially if they have household pets or if they often keep their windows open. Homeowners can start by cleaning the condenser and then the HVAC cabinet.
Have HVAC professionals install high-efficiency filters in the unit.
High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are designed to reduce allergens in the home like dust mites, pet dander, and indoor molds, all of which affect the indoor air quality. When installed correctly, HEPA filters can remove up to 85 percent of household pollutants.
Protect HVAC intake vents from contaminants.
Furnaces, especially those powered by fuel, fireplaces, wood stoves, range tops, and exhaust fans should be vented outside and away from HVAC intake vents.
Use exhaust fans strategically.
Exhaust fans can work in tandem with an existing HVAC device to improve indoor air quality. Exhaust fans must be ideally placed in potential problem areas like kitchens and bathrooms to keep contaminants at bay.
An HVAC unit provides the necessary heating or cooling that a Denver household requires. Still, homeowners should also give thought into using their HVAC systems wisely to ensure good indoor air quality.
(Source: Underperforming? Energy Efficiency of HVAC Equipment Suffers Due to Poor Installation, nist.gov)