Although a basic home HVAC system includes a cooling and heating system, these appliances are not the only products available for home comfort control. HVAC accessories such as air cleaners, purifiers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers can all contribute to the air quality in your home for the perfect living environment tailored to your family’s needs. These solutions are easy to install and maintain for effortless environmental control that can improve comfort, reduce illness, prolong the lifetime of the materials in your home, and even improve heating and cooling efficiency.
Air Cleaners and Purifiers
Your furnace filter removes particles from the air of your home every time your HVAC system activates. However, the furnace filter included with a standard HVAC system is meant mainly to protect the HVAC appliances from dirt and dust buildup, rather than specifically clean your air for reduced allergies, asthma, and illness. Whole-home air purifiers consist of an electrically-charged HEPA filter medium installed in your ductwork to provide air purification for your entire home. This HEPA filter actively attracts a greater range of airborne particles and gas molecules, as well as smaller particles, than your traditional furnace filter, reducing the number of airborne asthma and allergy triggers in your home. By reducing airborne particle concentration, a whole-home air purifier can increase airflow through your HVAC system for more efficient function as well. If you are concerned about viruses and bacteria in your home’s air, a germicidal lamp specifically targets these harmful microorganisms using a UV bulb, which is placed just above your air handler in your home’s ductwork. This lamp destroys microorganisms before they can circulate through your ducts and spread through your home, offering hospital-quality air purification for fresher, cleaner, and healthier air each time you take a breath.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
Humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air. When the air in your home is too humid, it can make you feel hot and uncomfortable; excessively humid conditions can also cause moisture to condense inside your home, leading the water damage on surfaces and even promoting mold and mildew growth. By contrast, air that is too dry can cause physical discomfort associated with dry skin, eyes, nose, mouth, and throat; dry air can also cause damage to your home by warping or weakening wood and affecting some adhesives. While your air conditioner or heat pump should remove humidity from summertime air, sometimes these appliances don’t offer the level of humidity control you want. Similarly, your furnace or heat pump typically removes humidity from wintertime air during the heating process—because winter air naturally has less humidity, this can cause the air in your home to feel excessively dry. Whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers offer finer control over the humidity in your home, allowing you to maintain exactly the airborne moisture level that is right for your family, regardless of the weather outside. These HVAC accessories can contribute to greater energy efficiency by helping the air in your home feel warmer or cooler as well, reducing strain on your HVAC system.
If you’d like to explore the HVAC accessories available for installation in your Nashville home, stop by our website for a full list of the indoor air quality products we offer. Our HVAC service experts can help you choose the right unit for your home, then perform professional installation for worry-free function. You can also check out our blog for even more information about home environmental control and how to customize your living environment to your needs and your preferences throughout the year.