Indoor comfort is a top priority for many homeowners in the greater Harrisonburg area; but as we learn more about indoor air quality and energy efficiency, these concerns are becoming top priorities as well. Is it really possible to make your home not only comfortable year-round but also healthy and energy efficient?
Your heating and air conditioning systems are designed to keep your home comfortable throughout the year; and with the right upgrades, they can help keep your home healthy and more efficient, as well. Here are five heating and cooling accessories to consider adding to your HVAC system for an overall cozier, healthier, and more sustainable home.
Smart Wifi Thermostat
A smart Wifi thermostat makes saving more energy simple. With this advanced type of thermostat, you can program your residential HVAC system to keep your home at specific temperatures at specific times of the day. Have it keep your home at a cozy 72°F during the evening, a cool 68°F when you’re sleeping, and at an energy saving temperature during the day when you’re not at home.
What’s more is that a smart thermostat lets you control your HVAC system from virtually anywhere with a mobile device, and it shows you your energy usage in real time.
Aprilaire Steam Humidifier
Winter air often becomes overly dry, giving you symptoms like itchy skin and static shock. But did you know these aren’t the only dangers of dry winter air? Dry indoor air can pull moisture from the wood in your home, leading to creaking floors, shifting walls, and gaps in window frames. Plus, it makes you more susceptible to nose irritation and illness.
With an Aprilaire Steam Humidifier, which works together with your heating system, you can keep indoor humidity at safe and healthy levels. You’ll enjoy better indoor air quality (IAQ) inside your home, even at the driest times of winter.
Ultra-Aire Whole-Home Dehumidifier
As you know from living in the Shenandoah Valley, summers in Virginia are brutally humid. When excess humidity seeps into your home, you can see issues like increased mold growth, higher levels of indoor allergens, warped building materials, and higher cooling costs.
An Ultra-Aire Whole-Home Dehumidifier works together with your cooling system to reduce indoor humidity to safe and healthy levels, giving you benefits like better indoor air quality, protection from mold and mildew growth, reduced unwanted odors, and lower energy bills.
APCO UV-C Air Purifier
Many homeowners rely on the air filters in their heating and AC systems to keep their indoor air free of contaminants, but often these are not enough to ensure healthy IAQ. This is especially true if you or any members of your family suffer from allergy symptoms. The APCO UV-C Air Purifier, which is installed directly in your ductwork, uses UV-C light and activated carbon to remove viruses, bacteria, VOCs, odors, and other unwanted substances from conditioned air.
Lennox XP21 High-Efficiency Heat Pump
If you recently finished the room over your garage or built a new addition onto your home, you may be wondering how to keep it comfortable year-round while also keeping energy costs down. With a Lennox XP21 High-Efficiency Heat Pump, you can supplement your existing HVAC system and provide targeted cooling and heating right where it’s needed. Plus, these heat pumps are extremely energy efficient; so you don’t have to worry about making those heating and cooling costs skyrocket.