Your Benton, Kentucky, home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality are closely related. Reducing contaminants in your indoor air like dust, dirt, smoke, biological growth, and pet dander will help you make your heating and air conditioning system more efficient and improve your family’s health. You can save energy and improve your indoor air quality by adding ventilation, using an air purifier, and maintaining your HVAC system.

Adding Ventilation

Modern homes have excellent insulation, which improves their energy efficiency. Unfortunately, contaminants can become trapped in your home along with conditioned air. Opening a door or a window when you notice bad smells or allergy or asthma symptoms wastes energy, and it won’t get rid of all the pollutants. An energy recovery ventilator or ERV works like a heat pump to save energy while transferring heat. It also filters outdoor air before bringing it into your home.

Using an Air Purifier

Air purifiers have stronger air filters than the ones in HVAC systems, so they can remove viruses and bacteria, as well as dust and dirt from your home’s air. That way, particles and biological growth won’t have a chance to obstruct the airflow in your ductwork. Your system won’t need to work as hard, so you can save power, avoid wear, and extend its life.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

Many common problems like refrigerant leaks can reduce your indoor air quality and waste energy. You should have your HVAC system checked by a professional at least once per year to make sure it’s working well and to keep any issues from becoming severe. Change your unit’s air filter once per month to avoid clogs and keep your air quality high.

Thornton Heating & Air is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 80 years of experience. We can help improve your indoor air quality and HVAC system. Call us anytime at 270-753-8181 or 270-247-COOL for expert help from our friendly technicians.

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