The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
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While a home consists of walls and a roof, doors and windows and appliances and furniture, it’s the air inside that is most important when it comes to comfort, health, and wellness.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) have always been important considerations for homeowners and with the impact of COVID, indoor air quality has become more important than ever.
Old inefficient HVAC systems can be a significant energy cost. Ensuring energy efficient rated units are installed can reduce energy use by as much as 50% according to the US Department of Energy. Homeowners can check for the following energy efficiency ratings prior to purchasing an HVAC system for their home:
- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio/Rating (SEER): the cooling output of an air conditioner over a typical cooling season, divided by the energy it uses in Watt-hours.
- Heating Seasonal Performance Factor Rating (HSPF): the total heat delivered by the device during normal usage divided by the amount of electricity it takes to deliver that heat.
- Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER): the air conditioner’s capacity is divided by the air conditioner’s power based on a fixed set of conditions (outdoor temperature, indoor temperature, and relative humidity).
The higher the energy rating, the more energy efficient the unit. Energy ratings can be provided for each system supported by AIRCARE to ensure customers know the efficiency of the system they are purchasing.
Concerning indoor air quality, viruses, including COVID, bacteria, mould, allergens, and other pollutants can become airbourne and linger in the air indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that indoor air pollution can be up to 100 times higher than outdoor air.
Additionally, professional, regularly scheduled preventative maintenance is the best way to reduce operating costs, maintain efficiency and prevent unexpected emergencies. AIRCARE’s proactive approach minimises potential issues before they become large, expensive repairs and saves time, money, and worry in the long run.
In order to maximise efficiency, AIRCARE works with clients to determine their needs and takes a measured approach that includes energy audits and recommendations, integrated system design, installation, testing and energy management and automation systems. Once a system has been agreed, AIRCARE technicians can take care of full system installation, management, testing, create custom controls, alarms and notifications and provide detailed energy usage analysis and reports to demonstrate cost savings and improved indoor air quality and comfort.
For more information on how to improve heating and cooling efficiency, indoor air quality and ultimately lower costs visit www.aircare.bm or call 292-7342 to arrange a consultation.