HVAC – Our Confidant

HVAC systems have been with us since then. They help us in maintaining the comfort levels of our home, malls, buildings, and other establishments. Through the use of HVAC systems, we are able to keep our cool during the summer when the heat of the sun is too much to handle and they also provide us with warmth as the winter season draws near. Aside from this, they also help us clean the surrounding air and provide us with adequate ventilation and cleaner air to breathe.

With all the benefits HVAC systems give us, it is important for us not to ignore the things that will greatly affect the performance and overall condition of our HVAC unit. Getting our HVAC systems optimized might seem like an expensive task but it will actually save us more money in the long run.

We need to keep in mind that HVAC tune-up will help us cut down our energy consumption and lessen our utility bills since it keeps our HVAC systems tuned-up and free from damages, inconsistencies, and other problems that may arise if your system is malfunctioning. We can also avoid unwanted repairs and early and unnecessary unit replacement by keeping well-maintained.

The Function of Air Filters

An air filter is usually made of a spun fiberglass material or from pleated paper or cloth enclosed in a cardboard frame. It’s basic function is to clean the air that circulates through your heating and cooling system. Filters trap and hold many types of particulates and contaminants that could affect your health and comfort…

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Your HVAC’s filter actually plays a big role in keeping the cleanliness of the air you breathe. Being aware of its condition and the current state will help you in figuring out its maintenance pattern. Doing this is pretty easy because there are a lot of filters that are inexpensive and disposable so the replacement or maintenance is not that complicated. However, we must keep in mind that we must not risk our health just for us to save a few cents or bucks on our filter budget.

There are a lot of products that were made in order for us to improve the quality of our air. These products do not just clean the air but they also keep our comfort levels relatively high, our energy consumption low and utility bills at bay. Purifiers, humidifiers and the likes are some of these products.

Air Quality System (AQS)

The Air Quality System (AQS) contains ambient air pollution data collected by EPA, state, local, and tribal air pollution control agencies from over thousands of monitors. AQS also contains meteorological data, descriptive information about each monitoring station (including its geographic location and its operator), and data quality assurance/quality control information. AQS data is used to: assess air quality,

  • assist in attainment/non-attainment designations,
  • evaluate State Implementation Plans for non-attainment areas,
  • perform modeling for permit review analysis, and
  • prepare reports for Congress as mandated by the Clean Air Act.

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As mentioned, your air filter is supposed to remove pollutants and some cheap filters may not be good at doing this task. Using cheap filters may result in pollutant build-up and in turn cause a lot of problems and increase your bills.

However, in order for us to really feel the benefits brought about by air quality systems or air filters, then we must keep in mind that they also need tune-up and maintenance as much as the whole HVAC system does. If they are poorly installed, they may cause problems in our system and they might even break the unit. Since the idea of an air quality system is to improve the air in your home, make sure you hire a competent professional to install the system in your home.

To learn how to improve indoor air quality check this video out:

Other Resources:

HVAC – More Than Just a System

Faulty Air Filters

The HVAC Mid-Year Season Dilemma