What’s the Link Between Indoor Air Quality and Efficiency?
Across the HVAC industry, there are many conversations regarding how homeowners can maximize their system’s efficiency, improve their indoor air quality, or benefit from professional maintenance. All these elements can be discussed in great detail individually, but all elements of an HVAC actually fit together, relying upon one another. Only by maximizing all the elements of an HVAC system can homeowners in Wimberley, Texas, get the most out of their system.
A vital link exists between indoor air quality and efficiency. The higher your indoor air quality is, the higher your HVAC efficiency will be as well.
Higher Air Quality Equals Higher Efficiency
First, let’s look at some of the many contributors to bad air quality. Dirty or clogged filters, leaky ductwork, and poor ventilation are just a few of the many causes of poor IAQ.
How does each of these affect your system’s efficiency? Dirty or clogged filters (or debris anywhere in the filter, duct system, or around vents) force the system to work harder than necessary. This lowers system efficiency and blows allergens throughout your home.
Leaky ductworks not only draw in dust and allergens outside the ducts, but they also leak valuable air, once again making your system work harder to maintain the right indoor temperature and humidity. Thus, they take a toll on the system’s lifespan and efficiency.
Poor ventilation in your home, or an HVAC system not properly sized to fit the needs of your living space, will both result in poor air quality and a less-efficient system.
What can you do now to increase your air quality and in turn, your system’s efficiency? Keep up on managing your air filters, changing them about once a month, or have a professional do so. Consider installing an air purifier, which keeps air extra clean. Have a professional check out your duct system and the size of your HVAC system to see if it’s adequately sized for your home.
For more questions regarding HVAC efficiency or to receive HVAC maintenance, give Woods Comfort Systems a call today at 512-842-5066.
Image provided by Shutterstock