We all need a breath of fresh air, literally! Since most people spend more than 80% of their time indoors, the importance of good indoor air quality cannot be over-emphasized. This is because good indoor air quality will not only affect your comfort levels, but also your health.
Unfortunately, most of the air in a lot of buildings is full of pollutants such as gas, chemicals, second-hand smoke, and combustion gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. All of this can make the room very uncomfortable to stay in. They can also affect the health of the people in the room by causing headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and eye irritation, shortness of breath, allergic reactions, and serious illnesses such as asthma. In extreme cases, combustion gases such as carbon monoxide can lead to death.
All of these issues should strengthen your conviction to improve the quality of air in your home. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is by installing a HVAC system. The following is a rundown of how a high-quality HVAC system works, and what you can do to ensure better air quality throughout the year:
Why do you need a HVAC system?
The V in HVAC stands for ventilation. This is a process of replacing or exchanging the air in a building with fresher air from outside. The process of ventilation involves oxygen replenishment, temperature control, as well as removal of odors, moisture, smoke, dust, pollutants, carbon dioxide, and airborne bacteria. A HVAC system can help to remove all the bad smells and moisture from a room. In addition to replacing the poor quality air with better quality air, the HVAC system also helps with air circulation within the room. This helps to prevent the stagnation of air in the building.
How does the HVAC system work?
The first process in ventilation is air filtration and cleaning. The outside air is passed through filters which remove contaminants that should not be breathed in. This filtered air is what will be used for ventilation, as well as heating and cooling the home.
The fresh and clean air is then introduced into the room in order to dilute or completely replace the contaminated air. Some HVAC systems have mechanical exhausts that can effectively reduce humidity and odors. The HVAC also circulates the clean air in a room or building in order to ensure that the indoor air quality is improved throughout.
Installation and maintenance of HVAC systems
It is important to consult a professional service technician before installing or replacing a HVAC system. This is because the technician is familiar with the best ventilation system for your specific needs. For example, if you own a bar or a restaurant, you will need a stronger ventilation system that can get rid of the various smells. Public bathrooms may also need ventilation systems that have a stronger mechanical exhaust that will eliminate all the odors. If you live in a humid area, you will need a ventilation system that has more energy so that it can effectively remove the excess moisture from the air. A qualified technician will ensure that the HVAC you install is perfectly suitable for your home.
A technician will also ask you questions about the type of HVAC that you need. If there are people in the building who have airborne allergies, they will advise you to get a system whose filter has a higher Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV. This is a number that indicates the size of particles that the filter can trap. A filter with a higher MERV will produce cleaner air.
Apart from installation, a qualified technician can help you to maintain your HVAC system. It is a fact that poor ventilation can make any closed space very uncomfortable to live in. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your HVAC is always in tip-top shape. The technician will clean the filter and the ducts, and check the entire system in order to ensure that everything is working perfectly.
A high quality HVAC system can significantly improve the indoor air quality and ensure that everybody in the room breathes easier. It is advisable to consult a qualified professional when installing or maintaining the HVAC so as to ensure that it meets your ventilation needs throughout the year.