December 21st, 2020
Cosmo here! HVAC usually stands for Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, but The Boss says it can also stand for:
- • Health
- • Value
- • Air Quality
- • Comfort!
When people talk about healthy habits, they often mean things like diet and exercise. Humidity, temperature, ventilation, indoor air quality, and drafts all impact your health too – and all of these things are closely tied to your home’s heating and air conditioning system. Here are 5 ways to use your home’s HVAC system for the benefit of your health this winter:
1. Control the HumidityDuring the winter, your house is likely to be dryer than normal. Without enough moisture in your air, you’re may experience symptoms like dry skin, a dry throat, static electric shocks, and colds. This is the best time of year to use your humidifier, but you don’t want to overuse your humidifier. Keeping humidity under control is a great way to prevent mold growth, so you want to strike the perfect balance between too much humidity and not enough.
2. Control the TemperatureAs with humidity, too much heating is just as bad as not enough heating. Setting your thermostat for optimal comfort and energy savings is much easier with a programmable or smart thermostat. This allows you to set different temperatures based on how much heating at needed. With a thermostat for control, and a well-balanced system for consistency throughout the home, you can stay warm (but not too warm) this winter.
3. Adequate VentilationVentilation is important no matter what time of year it is. During the winter, ventilation helps with humidity control, as it allows moist indoor air to be replaced with fresh air from outside. Your exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms can remove moist air, and by bringing in fresh air, you also decrease the presence of carbon dioxide and other potentially dangerous gases.
4. Remove AllergensImproving your Indoor Air Quality can have a significant impact on your health. You can’t necessarily see the dust mite residue, dust, and other allergens in your air, but you will probably notice a difference in the way you feel once these pollutants are removed. These systems can also give you peace of mind during these uncertain times. Independent studies have shown that the REME Halo catalytic systems we install are 99.9% effective at inactivating airborne Covid-19 particles, which is especially important considering how much time you’ll probably be spending inside your home this winter!
Here are some more ways to stay safe from Covid this winter:
5. Eliminate Cold SpotsDo you have cold spots in your home? Inconsistent temperatures between different areas of a house are often the result of drafts. Be sure to keep doors and windows securely closed, and if you’re not using your fireplace, make sure the fireplace damper is closed too; otherwise, warm air will escape from your home! If you’ve taken steps to reduce drafts, but your house never seems to reach the same level of even heating it used to, it may be time for a new heating system.
If this is the case, you’ll need to decide what type of heating system to get. Whether you need a boiler replacement in Bucks County, PA or a furnace installation in Princeton, NJ, SG Heating & Air Conditioning LLC can assess your needs and recommend the best heating solution for your home. Our consultative approach will make you comfortable with your decision, and your installation will make you comfortable in your home for years to come!
Wow, I guess HVAC can stand for lots of things. Let me see…how about an organization of some of my favorite people, Helpful Veterinarians Assisting Canines? (I just made that up). Woof!
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