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2 Foolproof Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
14 Sep
By: Climate Control
Commercial Air Filter

If you want to improve energy efficiency, you can often improve your indoor air quality at the same time. This provides a double win for anyone owning or operating an HVAC system for their home or business. Here are a few tips you can use to improve your indoor air quality:

Tip #1: Clean or Change the Air Filters

Air filters pull the floating contaminants out of your air. They work best when they're brand new or freshly cleaned, with their ability to clean the air dropping over time. As the filters clog up with contaminants, they hinder the flow of air through them. After a while, the air filter not only has trouble removing particles, but it makes the HVAC work harder to move the same amount of air. This, in turn, results in less energy efficiency.

Air filters are in multiple locations, such as your HVAC's air handler and the intake air vents. For ideal HVAC operation, clean all of these at least every few months.

Tip #2: Set Your Thermostat Fan to On

Most thermostats have two fan settings. The first is Auto, and is what most people use. With the Auto setting, the fan only runs when the air conditioner or heater is also running. In theory, this can save energy, because the fan doesn't run all the time. But running the fan more often can sometimes be more energy efficient, in addition to helping improve your indoor air quality.

The second fan setting is On. Under this setting, the fan runs all the time, not just when the air conditioner or heater is actively operating. This setting allows for constant air movement within your home or business. This can improve energy efficiency because it promotes even heating and cooling, which may require your heater or air conditioner to run less often.

Consistent air movement is also good for your indoor air quality, as it allows your air filters to work all the time. Remember, your air filters won't remove contaminants from the air unless there is moving air to flow through them.

To discover additional ways to improve your energy efficiency and indoor air quality, speak with one of the many heating and cooling experts at Climate Control.

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