Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found that Americans now spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, making it important to ensure that the air that you breathe at work and at home is clean and healthy. Improved construction methods and better insulation have made it more affordable to maintain homes and businesses at the ideal temperature in any weather, but today’s tightly sealed structures also tend to trap pollutants inside. While the HVAC systems that you count on to keep your comfortable in any season can help when it comes to cleaning the air, their performance can be impacted by poor indoor air quality as well.
Your HVAC System’s Hidden Network
Central heating and cooling systems rely on a maze of ductwork to circulate air through your home or business. Because most air ducts remain out of sight, it’s all too easy to forget the important role that ductwork plays in HVAC system energy efficiency. Cracks, gaps and loose connections not only waste up to 20 percent of the air that you pay to condition but allow contaminants entry into the ducts as well. In addition to impairing indoor air quality, a build-up of dust and debris forces heating and cooling systems to run longer to reach thermostat settings.
An inspection and pressure test by a qualified HVAC technician can determine if your ductwork needs to be repaired, sealed and/or insulated. While leaky and dirty air ducts can negatively affect HVAC system performance, properly maintained ducts offer you opportunities to improve indoor air quality without sacrificing energy efficiency. A high-tech air purifier, for example, can be installed within the ductwork that can capture and kill microscopic pollutants without interfering with system air flow. High efficiency air filters are also available that fit into ducts to block particulates from entering the air that your breathe.
HVAC Maintenance Services
One of the most economical ways to improve HVAC system efficiency and performance is to enroll in an HVAC maintenance program. Seasonal service by a qualified professional ensures that system operation isn’t impeded by dirty, dusty or corroded parts and equipment. Air filters are cleaned or replaced as indicated and flues, pipes and connections are inspected to make sure that there are no obstructions or leaks. Well-maintained HVAC systems also last longer and need fewer repairs.
At Accurate Comfort Services, we take pride in our full-service approach to indoor comfort, health and safety. Our skilled technicians have the experience and experience that’s necessary to install, repair and maintain HVAC systems to optimize performance while improving the quality of indoor air.