Importance of Indoor Air Quality
What is indoor air quality?
First of all, you may be wondering what we’re referring to when we say “Indoor Air Quality,” or IAQ for short.
Indoor air quality refers to the quality of air inside or around your home. Allergens, pollution, and other things that can pose potential danger to you or your family.
Why Does Indoor Air Quality Matter?
Good indoor air quality is crucial for many reasons. First, it can help alleviate or even prevent many unnecessary health problems. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma, or any other breathing conditions, having a good indoor air quality can help.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in anyone who lives in your household, it may be an indicator of the immediate symptoms of poor indoor air quality:
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Activities Inside the Home
Did you know activities in the home can significantly impact the quality of air within your home? One major contributor to indoor air pollution is smoking. If anyone in the home smokes indoors, it can impact the rest of the family negatively by polluting the air they breathe in, therefore, contributing to other symptoms of poor air quality.
Additionally, pets in the home can shed hair and dander that can easily stick to your bedding, furniture, and anything made of fabric.
Other factors that affect your indoor air quality are things like remodeling construction projects in the home as these can bring rise to dust and other pollutants.
Activities Inside the Home
If your home has poor ventilation, it limits the amount of fresh air that’s brought in. Unfortunately, this creates stagnant and stale air since it’s not circulating well. When air is not circulating throughout your home, other things like mold and mildew can arise in damp areas of the home.
How to Improve your Indoor Air Quality?
A simple routine of cleaning your home combined with monitoring and changing your air filter regularly can help prevent and improve the quality of the air you breathe in every day.
Tips for Prevention to Promote Good Indoor Air Quality
Here are some simple steps you can take to help you keep your home breathing easy:
Call on the Experts at AC Crew
If you or anyone in your home has experienced symptoms of poor indoor air quality, it may be a good time to take action. We recommend regular maintenance to prevent and reduce the symptoms of poor indoor air quality. We also recommended having your HVAC system serviced at least once a year.
At AC Crew we make it our responsibility to enhance your home’s comfort and safety affordably. We provide maintenance, tuneups, new installations, and repairs. We're family-owned & operated with 20 years in the industry and here, we treat you like family.
Call us today at 951.427.9540 to schedule your AC check up! Our certified HVAC technicians will be happy to discuss which option is right for you.
Did you know you can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply upgrading your current thermostat to a SMART thermostat?
You may have heard the term “programmable thermostats” before. With programmable thermostats you have to manually punch in every temperature change you’d like throughout the day and you can usually only program a few days at a time. In short, they end up being more annoying and complicated, than efficient and enjoyable. While money and energy saving claims have been made for programmable thermostats, they haven’t been proven.
Unlike programmable thermostats, SMART thermostats use learning technologies to learn from you while saving on energy use, increasing comfort, and providing a convenient way of controlling your home’s HVAC system. Consider the following cost-effective benefits of upgrading to a SMART thermostat.
Save real money on your heating and cooling bills
According to Energy Star 1 , almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling for the average American household. Being smart about how you control your temperature settings with a SMART thermostat will help you save money and stay comfortable in your home.
On average, you can save as much as 10% to 12% on heating and cooling per year by simply upgrading to a SMART thermostat. Based on typical energy costs, the estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year. That means your SMART thermostat pays for itself in under two years.
You can even earn rewards from your energy company by using less energy when everyone else is using more. Like on hot summer days when everyone’s running the AC at the same time. 2, 3
Optimize your current HVAC System
Upgrading to a new HVAC system is a big investment. If you can’t afford to invest in a new system but your older one isn’t as efficient as it once was, a SMART thermostat could help.
Many HVAC contractors will recommend SMART thermostats as a way of boosting older systems because they help you get the most from your existing model, giving you extra time to save for an upgrade. SMART thermostats help older HVAC units reduce their workload, thus adding to their longevity.
If you’ve already upgraded your HVAC system, switching to a SMART thermostat is even more beneficial. It’ll help maintain your investment, and increase its efficiency.
Learning technology is a game changer
Just use your SMART thermostat for the first few days and it’ll get to know the temperatures you like and when you like them. Once it gets to know your comfort levels, it programs itself and creates a schedule for you.
Maybe you like waking up to 73º at 7 a.m. Or 67º when you go to bed. Your SMART thermostat adjusts the temperature for you!
When you’re not home, it turns itself down so you’re not heating or cooling an empty house.
In short, it helps your home’s HVAC system work more efficiently.
Access your SMART thermostat anywhere, anytime from any device
SMART thermostats come with convenient features like Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to access, monitor, and adjust your home’s temperature settings from work or on the road. Less time adjusting the thermostat means more time and money in your pocket.
And it’s not just temperature you can control, either. Most SMART thermostats make it easy to adjust your home’s humidity, receive filter replacement reminders, and get system diagnostics, all from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet.
Maximize your Custom Zoned HVAC Systems
If your home has multiple climate zones, a concept called “zoning,” SMART thermostats will increase your property’s energy efficiency. Even if you utilize ductless heating and cooling throughout the home, a SMART thermostat in each zone maximizes your system’s efficiency because you set each climate zone according to your family’s needs.
For instance, putting the bedrooms on a separate zone from the kitchen and living room allows you to maintain cooler temperatures ideal for sleeping without wasting energy in the main living areas. Naturally, this energy savings translates to more money saved on your monthly utility bills.
If you don’t have a custom zoned HVAC system, you can take your home comfort and energy efficiency to the next level by with SMART temperature sensors. Just set them up in different rooms, let your thermostat know which room should be a certain temperature at a certain time of day, and enjoy. Each room is now the exact temperature you want it to be.
There’s no denying the energy-saving power of SMART thermostats. Learn more about how these high-tech solutions can work for your home by calling AC Crew at 951.427.9540. Our certified HVAC technicians will be happy to discuss which option is right for you.
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