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Healthy Home: HVAC’s Role

Healthy Home by ATN Mechanical Systems

HVAC companies are not healthcare providers. Regardless, their knowledge is crucial to our health and well-being. According to studies, we spend 90% of our time in indoor environments. We are constantly inside working, studying, eating, playing, and simply existing. There is a strong connection between your physical well-being and the health of your home. Your home and its HVAC system play a much bigger role in enhancing your well-being than you may realize. I think many of us feel as if we have been spending more time than ever indoors. Especially considering COVID-19 and cold outdoor temperatures. Let’s dive into how exactly HVAC helps us maintain a healthy home for ourselves and our families.

We spend 90% of our time inside, which means we get less natural air. It’s essential that we have healthy, filtered air circulating throughout our home. When looking at different heating and air conditioning systems be sure to be careful with your selection. This is because the efficiency of each system has an effect on indoor air quality and therefore the cleanliness of the atmosphere of our homes.

Less Ducts are Ideal for a Healthy Home

Traditional central air conditioners circulate conditioned air into long, clunky duct runs. These can oftentimes host bacteria, mold, dust mites, and other contaminants. Furthermore, for central structures, the ductwork that distributes air to the rooms is prone to leakage. Leakage is an indicator that more air is drawn back into the air handler than what is supplied. Negative air pressure is then generated as a result, sucking unwanted outside contaminants through your home.

An HVAC provider or contractor can add a better-engineered split-ductless or ducted heat-pump system to mitigate these risks. Ductless systems come in a variety of types and features. There are types that are able to be placed on the wall, ceiling, or floor. Ductless air conditioners are physically located in the room they’re cooling. This is so they have equal amounts of input and return air. This creates healthier, balanced air circulation throughout the home. The high-efficiency and low-profile ducted systems are smaller than conventional air handlers. They are commonly used to service one room and are connected to short duct runs. Better air circulation and delivery result from properly sized structures with less ductwork. Therefore resulting in a cleaner atmosphere in your home.

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Continuous Air Filtration

Air Filter by ATN Mechanical Systems

Continuous air filtration is yet another benefit of split-ductless indoor units. Each indoor unit has a washable filter. The filter traps allergens, bacteria, viruses, and particles. For high-quality split-ductless systems, inquire about the selection of filters available from a variety of manufacturers. Some examples include nano-platinum filters and anti-allergy blue enzyme filters. Nature-inspired catechin filters incorporate a bioflavonoid derived from green tea and have an anti-microbial effect. There are also charcoal filters to help with odor removal. These filters will effectively last for up to ten years. Have a good quality filter contributes to creating a healthy home. These filters ultimately save you money in the long run when compared to the majority of commonly used standard filters. This is due to how long the good-quality filters will last.

You should anticipate a quieter HVAC system and improved indoor air quality if you choose to install a better-engineered heat pump. Traditional central air-conditioning units are often times very loud when they turn on and off. Outdoor systems for high-efficiency split-ducted and ductless heat pump systems run at incredibly quiet sound speeds. The overall quietness is what makes them the preferred choice for many. Your health, cognition, and general sense of well-being will thank you.

A Healthy Home Means a Comfortable Home

Fortunately, we are able to introduce you to HVAC systems to get your home an A+ in the home health department. These systems can also increase your home’s thermal comfort.

Air conditioners in the traditional sense still run at maximum capacity. They usually stop until they hit a manually set temperature. Only to restart within an hour when the room temperature becomes uncomfortable. The constant stopping and starting again not only wastes energy. It also causes noticeable temperature fluctuation in your home. As well as reduces the system’s capacity to extract moisture. This makes your home more susceptible to condensation and mold growth.

Inverter-driven compressors are used in more modern split-ductless and ducted heat-pump systems. They operate continuously, but speed up and slow down at just the correct speeds. This sustains the set temperature in each area of your home. Depending on the layout of your house, an area may consist of one or more rooms. Take a look here https://www.hgtv.com/design/remodel/mechanical-systems/is-ductless-heating-and-cooling-right-for-you if you would like a more in-depth overview of the pros and cons of a ductless HVAC system.

Prevent Mold Growth and Ventilation Fires

Mold is something you really don’t want to be present in your home. Mold can be dangerous even to people who do not have respiratory issues. You raise the risk of unregulated leakage, as well as heightened contaminant levels if you don’t have a reliable company audit your HVAC unit. If you discover mold in or near the air conditioner, contact us right away. We would be happy to schedule an inspection. Mold is a major health risk as it contaminates the inside air quality of your home.

Other than mold, ventilation fires are another danger to keep in mind when it comes to your HVAC system. A clogged air filter or ventilation ducts are a potential fire threat in itself. Although if debris were to get sucked into the device, it could safely be considered a “ticking time bomb”. You don’t typically need a specialist to adjust your air filter. But you should most definitely perform inspections regularly!

You want to avoid these dangers and health hazards from occurring in the first place. Inspections performed twice a year will help mitigate soot accumulation, and improve ventilation. Inspections also give you peace of mind when it comes to mold growth and the build-up of other contaminants. We provide preventative maintenance plans to ensure regular visits and checkups. This allows you to be proactive for repair work so you don’t have costly downtime due to emergency repairs.

If you’d like to take a further look into your current HVAC system please feel free to contact us here https://www.atnmechanicalsystems.com/contact-us/. We are always delighted to help you explore different options to improve and maintain your HVAC system. Which of course in turn keeps your home’s indoor environment healthy and comfortable for you and your family!

Inspection by ATN Mechanical Systems
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