What Role Can In-Home Appliances Play for Your HVAC System?

Your HVAC system can do a lot more than cool or heat the air. When it’s running properly and has the right maintenance, it can help regulate the relative humidity — a must for staying comfortable — and with the right filtration, it can improve indoor air quality. Sometimes, however, your hardworking HVAC system may need a little help from some in-home appliances to do these extra jobs. If you have certain issues in your home involving balancing humidity or improving IAQ, you might want to look into one or more in-home appliances, such as the following examples.

Dehumidifier.

As you’re well aware, our Florida homes tend to be quite humid. For maximum comfort, we need our HVAC systems to keep relative humidity between 40% and 50%. Any higher than 55% and we start feeling clammy. But for various reasons, your HVAC might not work as it should and you find it needs help lowering the humidity. A whole-home dehumidifier is one of the best ways to do so. These in-home appliances remove moisture and send it away from the home without you having to empty reservoirs, as you would with a portable appliance.

Humidifier.

It’s unlikely you’ll ever need a humidifier in our climate, but every now and then in the winter, the air in the home may become dry enough that certain occupants experience discomfort from dry nasal passages or raspy throats. You can use a portable humidifier, but if this is an ongoing issue, you’d be better off with in-home appliances such as a whole-home humidifier, where you never have to fill the reservoir.

Air Purification.

Keeping a clean, quality air filter in your HVAC system will help improve your indoor air quality, but it won’t clean all types of airborne pollutants. Some air-purification devices can be installed as in-home appliances. For mold, mildew, or fungus, install UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) lights; for gases such as volatile organic compounds and tobacco smoke, install a charcoal-activated filter in the HVAC.

For more on in-home appliances, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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