Many technologies are available to increase your Hudson, Florida, home’s comfort. You can also save energy and raise the value of your house by making it more appealing to buyers. You can enhance your home’s comfort levels with a ductless HVAC system, a smart thermostat, an energy recovery ventilator, or a UV lamp.
Ductless HVAC Systems
Ductless HVAC systems, also called multi-split or mini-split systems, are similar to conventional heat pumps and air conditioners. They have an outdoor unit that’s attached to one or more indoor units. They’re connected by a small conduit that transmits refrigerant between them rather than using bulky ductwork. Without those ducts, you’ll never need to maintain or repair them.
Also, pollutants in ductwork such as insects and their droppings, biological growth, dust, or pet dander won’t be able to spread easily through your home. That way, you and your family can avoid many bad smells, as well as asthma or allergy symptoms, eye irritation, rashes, fatigue, and other health problems.
You can prevent drafts or warm areas from leaky ducts, and even rooms that are far away from your HVAC system’s outdoor unit will stay comfortable. Ductless indoor air handlers can hang on your ceilings or walls, so you’ll have more storage space in your home. Ductless systems are quieter than many other heaters and air conditioners as well.
You can set a smart thermostat to turn down your HVAC system while you’re sleeping or away from home. This saves energy and lowers wear and tear, extending your system’s life. While you’re awake and at home, you can set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature without needing to pay higher utility bills. Some models can connect to cameras or motion sensors to learn your routine and make programming quick and easy. You can also control a smart thermostat wirelessly through your computer or smartphone.
Many of these devices can act as hubs for home automation, controlling smart locks, smart refrigerators, and more. They often have convenient touchscreens, and you can choose the background color you prefer. Many smart thermostats can control multiple areas or zones. You’ll also need more than one HVAC system, a ductless system with multiple indoor units, or dampers in your ducts to direct conditioned air. Zoning lets people choose the temperatures they prefer for their bedrooms and avoid heating or cooling vacant rooms.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
Modern homes have outstanding insulation to increase their efficiency, but these materials can keep contaminants from escaping along with conditioned air. In many residences, the indoor air is more polluted than the outdoor air. An energy recovery ventilator or ERV has a heat exchanger that’s similar to the one in a heat pump. While it removes stale air, harmful substances, and bad smells from your home, it transfers heat to conserve energy. It cools incoming air in summer and heats it in winter.
ERVs also filter fresh air before it comes into your home. An energy recovery ventilator can help you reduce volatile organic compounds or VOCs, along with other materials that could make you and your family uncomfortable. VOCs include acetone, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. Many air fresheners, paints, cleaners, varnishes, and glues emit these gasses. Conventional air filters or air purifiers can’t capture them. They can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, and many other health issues. A professional can install an ERV in your house’s ductwork.
A UV lamp, also called a UV air purifier, produces a kind of ultraviolet light that’s usually stopped by the atmosphere. They can kill microorganisms and some types of insects to prevent bad smells and biological growth. This improves your indoor air quality and prevents dirty ductwork and damage to your walls, ceilings, furniture, and floors. You can have an air sterilization lamp installed in your ducts, or you can get a coil sterilization light for your HVAC system. You should change the bulb on both types of UV lamps once per year.
Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating has been providing heating and cooling services since 1953. We can help you choose and install the best technologies to keep you and your family comfortable. For outstanding service, contact us at 727-231-6911.
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