How much do you know about indoor air quality products?
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ve probably run across the acronym “IAQ.” IAQ stands for “Indoor Air Quality.” These are the components of your heating and air conditioning system that seek to improve just that – the quality of your indoor air.
The most obvious, and arguably most important part of your indoor air quality system is your furnace filter. It is your main defense against indoor air particles that can lower indoor air quality. But, there are other, less obvious, indoor air quality additions you can add to your home. Let’s take a look at them one-by-one.
Whole-Home Humidifier or Dehumidifiers
Do you know how humidity can affect home comfort? A home that has higher humidity is going to feel warmer than one at a lower humidity level. During the summer, it can be a good idea to lower the humidity level of your home to make it feel cooler and potentially lower the strain on your air conditioner.
UV Light Systems
These products can add extra protection against indoor air pollutants. But, UV light systems do more than just block pollutants – they use the UV light spectrum to eliminate bacteria and viruses from your indoor air. This keeps you and your family healthier. And, they can eliminate unpleasant odors.
Polluted indoor air has been cited for the EPA as one of the main threats to human health. Air cleaners, like a media air cleaner, block pollutants and allergens present in the air before they enter your duct system.
Temperature Control Systems
We can’t talk about indoor air quality without mentioning thermostats. Thermostats are the “central command” of your heating and cooling system. This is the component that alerts your air conditioner or gas furnace when you need heating or cooling power.
Are you having a new air conditioner installed before the start of the cooling season? Make sure you talk to your local contractor about indoor air quality system options.