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Consumer Demand Grows for High-End Air Conditioners
- Variable capacity air conditioners offer vast efficiency benefits for users. These systems deliver superior comfort in the home, with precision temperature maintenance that spares large temperature swings and frequent system cycling. Better humidity control is another advantage these systems present to the home.
- Today’s homeowner looks for products to make life easy. With air conditioning systems, they are looking for improved efficiency, indoor air quality, and integration with smart home hubs. High-end air conditioners offer these capacities where basic models lack them.
- Zone control with high-end air conditioners is popular, allowing homeowners to realize lower energy consumption and utility bills thanks to the customized outputs the systems provide.
- HVAC systems are now being seen as a vital component of the home, rather than just part of the home’s mechanics. Homeowners recognize the HVAC system’s impact on comfort, convenience, and health, and are willing to invest in higher quality equipment to benefit in these areas. Homeowners turn to high-end air conditioners to improve indoor air quality, controlling dust, bacteria, allergens, and mold.
- Millennial homeowners have largely affected the move toward high-end air conditioners. Many in this generation are purchasing fixer-upper homes and are upgrading existing systems with newer technology. This group of homeowners values health, energy efficiency, and convenience over saving money on a system purchase, and are focused on environmentally friendly products as well as doing business with manufacturers demonstrating social responsibility.
YOUR HVAC SYSTEM COULD BE MAKING YOUR HOME DUSTY
Your home is filled with endless chores: dishes, laundry, vacuuming and the dreaded task of dusting. While these duties are unavoidable, some of them may feel like they have to be done too often. If you’re struggling to keep up with a dusty home, it could be that your HVAC system is part of the problem.
Fortunately, for every common HVAC problem that may contribute to excessive dust, there is a simple and effective solution.
Not all filters are created equal, and you might find more success from filters with a higher MERV rating. Upgrading to these filters is a bit of a trade-off; the filters may last longer and will capture small particles that other filters won’t, but they’re more expensive and will cost you a bit in energy efficiency.
When changing your filter, you should also check to ensure that there’s a tight seal around all sides as it fits in the air return. If there are gaps or if your filter is improperly sized, dust will be able to flow freely through your system and throughout your home.
Depending on the layout of your home and HVAC system, you may be able to safely inspect a good portion of your ductwork. If you turn out all the lights and inspect your ductwork with a flashlight, you can more easily see the flow of dust particles in the air, which can guide you to the source of a leak. Many small leaks can be effectively repaired with duct tape if you can reach them.
These solutions may help you reduce the amount of dust in your home, but they won’t get you out of dust duty completely. So the next time you tackle this chore, try this trick: adjust your thermostat’s fan setting to “On”. If your filter is clean, it will trap a lot of the dust you kick up. Just remember to set it back to “Auto” when you’re finished.
June HVAC Maintenance Checklist
- Check your air filter. During periods of heavy cooling system use, the filter should be inspected monthly to make sure it has not become full of contaminants. You may find it necessary to replace it sooner than the 3-month mark during these times, so have a replacement ready just in case.
- Inspect all registers and return air grilles in your home to ensure they have not been blocked or shut. These vents should never be blocked, as doing so will restrict airflow through your HVAC systems, which could create performance issues and system overheating.
- Inspect your exterior cooling equipment. Gently brush away any grass clippings and debris which have gathered on the unit. Trim away vegetation that has grown around the unit. Never store outdoor furniture or other items in the area immediately surrounding the unit.
- Inspect your cooling system’s drip pan and condensate drain lines for clogs. If these components become clogged with mold or algae growth, condensation from the cooling process cannot exit your home or building properly. This can cause the cooling system to malfunction, or water to back up indoors, causing water damage.