Give Indoor Air Quality a Boost With an Air Purification SystemPublished on: July 25, 2012
Although many modern air-conditioning systems are created to provide a more energy-efficient solution for climate control, many of these systems actually work better with secondary systems in place. For instance, all air-conditioning systems, no matter how modern they are, work more efficiently when used in tandem with ceiling fans, believe it or not.
If you want to increase the efficiency of your air-conditioning system and your indoor air quality at once, investing in an air purification system is not the worst thing you could do. As a matter of fact, used in tandem, an air purification system and a highly efficient air conditioning system can increase indoor air quality by as much as 50%. This means that you will have 50% less outside contaminants in your home. For those people inside of your living space that are especially susceptible to allergens during volatile weather seasons, this can mean the difference between a healthy summer and a summer spent at the doctor’s office.
An appropriate air purification system usually will not cost a great deal of money. Many top manufacturers in the HVAC industry will actually sell air purification systems that are known to work especially well with certain types of air conditioning models. In order to make sure that your indoor air quality is increasing, you should take the following steps when investing.
One – First make sure that your air conditioner is working to the peak of its efficiency.
You will never achieve the indoor air quality that you are looking for if your air conditioning system does not perform up to standard. If you do not have your A/C unit on a routine scheduled maintenance program, get on one immediately. Make sure that you check the amount of refrigerant and the sturdiness of your ductwork in every check up. You want to have the appropriate amount of refrigerant in your system at all times and you want to make sure that your ducts are not leaking air.
Two – Test your indoor air quality before implementing your dual system.
There are many take-home mold tests that you can easily find at your local hardware shop. You want to have a control instance of your air purification needs before you implement your system to make sure that you are actually improving your air quality.
Three – Read over Manual J and Manual D in order to understand the industry standards for air purification.
These two manuals are well known as industry standards for HVAC professionals to determine the peak efficiency of an air-conditioning system as it relates to a particular living space. Although you do not have to read these as a professional, you should be able to compare notes with your licensed technician when he comes in to check on your indoor air quality.
Four – Give it the sniff test.
After you have set up your air purification system and brought your air conditioning system to peak efficiency, you should notice a lack of stuffiness in your living space. This coincides with less contaminants in your indoor air. Experiment with different purification systems to find which has the most positive effects in this manner.