Archive for November 2018
Our indoor environment is where we spend so much of our time, and our HVAC system helps shield us from the temps of the outdoor air, but if you find yourself feeling sick more often than usual, the answer may have something to do with indoor air quality.
An enclosed space like a home or office can easily become a breeding ground for indoor pollutants and contaminants. Our ventilation system for our air conditioning and heating units can spread airborne allergens, dust mites, animal dander, mold spies, particulates and other indoor air pollutants. When immune systems are lowered, poor IAQ can contribute to the spread of bacteria and viruses from indoor air pollution and irritants, as well as rob us of better sleep and well-being. It can even exacerbate allergies and asthma.
Fresh air can truly do the body good, and the way to improve the VOCS (volatile organic compounds) for our indoor environments is to address indoor air quality as much as possible. Here are a couple of ways you can do that:
When it comes to understanding your heating system, it’s important to understand there are several different methods that home heating systems use, with varying levels of energy efficiency. From air-source heat pumps to high-efficiency central heating systems, to mini-splits or gas furnaces and baseboard ductless systems. Energy-efficient home heating systems can provide both homeowner comfort and lower heating costs as seen in the lowered heating bills you may find for years to come after installation of these new efficient heating systems.
There are several options when you choose your type of heating system, with differences in fuel sources and energy savings. Your energy savings can be approximately calculated using a AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), which takes into account all of the parts of the system, including air handlers, heat exchangers, blower motors, and more to calculate furnace energy efficiency.
Here are a few options: