Any HVAC system that is functioning properly will maintain reasonable indoor temperatures. But, if you’re looking to take performance to the next level, there are a few add-ons that can make indoor spaces even more comfortable while improving seasonal energy efficiency and energy savings.
Install a Dehumidifier
In the upper Midwest, a standard air conditioning system with a decent SEER rating can handle humidity levels during the fall, winter and spring, but the summer months can pose a challenge. Warm, moist air is heavier which makes it more difficult to cool. Since extra moisture in the air causes air conditioning systems to work harder, decreasing the Relative Humidity (RH) is a good way to increase efficiency. Adding a whole-house dehumidifier is a relatively easy way to achieve humidity control while making the most of the energy being used. A whole-house dehumidifier works with an existing furnace and air conditioner system to pull excess moisture out of the air, so it can be heated and cooled more easily.
Benefits of a Dehumidifier:
Decreased moisture can reduce the growth of mildew and molds
Dry air feels cooler, so a thermostat can be set 1-3 degrees higher
Lower humidity levels can help reduce dust mite populations
Dry air is easier to cool than moist air
Compatible with existing heating and cooling systems
Install a Whole-House Fan
A whole-house fan (also called a ventilator) is a cooling system that draws cooler, outdoor air through a house before discharging it through vents in the roof. Whole house fans don’t use an evaporator coil and condenser unit to cool the air, but instead they rely on the natural temperature difference between heated air inside and outside a house. Whole-house fans are typically installed in the middle of an attic. These systems include louvers in the ceiling that open when air is drawn through the fan. The increased ventilation that results from a whole-house fan will make indoor air feel fresher and reduce the energy output required to cool indoor spaces.
Benefits of a Whole-House Fan:
Fast and easy to install
Inexpensive equipment investment
Reduces the need for air conditioning
Compatible with heat pump, air handler and split system units
Reduced energy bills
Removes stale air
Install an Air Purifier
New homes are designed and built to be weather-tight. This is great for keeping cold air out, but not good for letting fresh air inside. This lack of air exchange can result in higher levels of airborne contaminants. Indoor air contaminants include a mixture of dust, pollen, mold, pet dander and smoke. A whole-house air purifier can be a useful way to trap airborne particles and remove pollutants to improve indoor air quality. A whole-house air purifier works with existing ductwork, so the installation time is minimal.
Benefits of an Air Purifier:
Keeps contaminates out of an HVAC system
Less dust and cleaner air
No extra noise
Air filters are easy to change
The heating ventilation and air conditioning system in a house plays a huge part in the overall comfort of the people who reside inside. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to maximize comfort and create the perfect environment. Trust First Supply for the information, tools and supplies you need to make indoor spaces as comfortable and energy efficient as possible.