How Indoor Air Quality HVAC Components Improve Energy Efficiency

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Even if you keep your Lufkin, Texas, home clean and organized, the air quality inside your home can often be worse than outdoor air. You may know that poor indoor air quality can negatively affect your health, but did you know that poor air quality can also compromise your HVAC system's performance? Learn how indoor air quality components like ventilators and air cleaners can help you breathe clean air and improve your HVAC system's efficiency.

Air Filters Capture Allergens

The first step toward keeping your HVAC system running as efficiently as possible is staying up-to-date on the air filter. Standard HVAC air filters trap dirt, dust, and pet dander to keep the air clean and clear in each season.

Since these simple devices also prevent dirt and debris from entering your HVAC system, they can also help it run efficiently year-round. To prevent your air filter from clogging and compromising HVAC system performance, be sure to change your air filter regularly.

Throughout the summer, replace the old air filter with a new one each month. When the weather cools down and you use your HVAC system less, replace the air filter at least every three months. At McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning, we include air filter replacement in our easy-to-schedule preventive maintenance package.

Air Cleaners Purify the Air Supply

If your home is susceptible to mold, dust, or other airborne contaminants, you'll want to consider taking your air purification setup to the next level. Air cleaners and purifiers work with your HVAC system to make your indoor air much healthier.

Our Infinity Air Purifier GAPA captures up to 95 percent of pathogens that measure 0.3 microns and larger. After it traps pollen, smoke, bacteria, and other microscopic contaminants, the unit emits an electrical charge to inactivate them.

Air cleaners also help your HVAC system support peak performance. Not only do they capture contaminants before they can enter your system, but they also eliminate them from the air supply altogether. Whether you want to capture most or almost all the pathogens in your home's air, our choice of air cleaners can do the job.

UV Lamps Eliminate Bacteria

No one wants to deal with a mold or bacteria problem, but some HVAC systems inadvertently become breeding grounds for these contaminants. Over time, unchecked mold and bacteria can contribute to both unhealthy air and HVAC problems. Ultraviolet (UV) lamps connect to your air conditioner and kill mold and bacteria before these germs enter your home's air supply.

You might not think these microscopic substances could affect HVAC system performance, but mold growth on your air conditioner's indoor coils can have a big impact on efficiency. One of our service specialists can check out your air conditioner and set up a UV light that will keep the system running smoothly.

Dehumidifiers Manage Moisture

Humidity can be a constant source of struggle in Texas, especially during the hot, humid summers. When the temperatures rise, you'll want to keep indoor humidity at a reasonable level. When humidity levels get too high, your home can invite dust mites, mold, and other contaminants to thrive, which can lead to respiratory problems.

High humidity levels also force your air conditioner to work harder and lose efficiency. Whole-home dehumidifiers work hard to keep humidity levels manageable throughout your home while helping your HVAC system run efficiently in muggy weather.

Ventilators Circulate the Air Supply

Many homeowners work to tighten their home's building envelope to optimize efficiency. While this tightening prevents your HVAC system from losing energy, it can limit your home's ability to ventilate naturally. A lack of fresh air can lead to poor indoor air quality.

Instead of overworking your HVAC system, talk with our experienced technicians about installing a ventilator. This device draws in fresh air and pushes out stale air, while capturing thermal energy and helping the entire system work more efficiently.

Ready to give your home's HVAC system a boost? Call McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 936-465-9191, 936-585-4079 (Nacogdoches), or 936-465-9191. We'll help you learn more about the indoor air quality options available to you.

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