Total Indoor Comfort for Your Home: Bells and Whistles for Your Residential HVAC System

Because You Can Have It All

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If your family’s indoor comfort is a top priority, think about these new upgrades for your residential HVAC system. In many cases these are features that will make a real difference to everyone on a daily basis, far more than the benefits of a high-end stove or fancy cabinetry.

Media Air Filtration

Now more than ever, it’s really important to keep your indoor air as clean and safe as possible for your family. While superior air filtration has been linked to student achievement and overall productivity, it also promotes better overall health by removing pollutants, debris and other airborne “yucky stuff”” down to .1 micron in size. Replaced once a year, the media filter is placed between your return plenum (an enclosed chamber where a treated substance collects for distribution, as heated or conditioned air through a ventilation system) and your furnace. Some retrofitting may be required to install. The great news? These do not restrict airflow like other serious filters, meaning you get clean air and lots of it throughout your home.

UV Air Purification Systems

While no HVAC system feature can prevent viruses from landing on your hands and catching a ride into your home, UV lights installed near your indoor air conditioning coil “bathe” the air inside the handler with virus-killing UV light. It’s like bringing bright sunshine into a part of your HVAC equipment that is usually dark and wet. This light eliminates microbes that otherwise can make people sick, especially if they are prone to asthma, or have respiratory issues already. Furthermore, some UV light purification systems also offer carbon activated cells to remove VOCs, and other unpleasant, potentially dangerous odors before they reach your family.


In some homes dryness is a problem, especially during winter. If you experience frequent electric shocks every time you touch something in your home, you may need to upgrade your humidification system. Not only will this new feature keep your breathing more comfortable, but it will also protect flooring, oil paintings, and any woodwork in your home from drying out and cracking.  Unlike just a desktop humidifier, a humidifier installed into your existing HVAC system is permanent and low maintenance. Calibrated correctly, they will maintain humidity levels inside your home between 36-48%, shown to be optimal levels for indoor comfort.

Smart Thermostats

If you don’t already have a smart thermostat, you need one. Inexpensive and simple to install, these can help you save energy and keep your family comfortable 24/7 throughout the year. Why heat or cool when you’re not home? Some smart thermostats allow you to program your HVAC schedule directly into your phone, so the air conditioner can start working a few minutes before your family arrives back at the house, or shut down after everyone leaves in the morning. It’s a modern accessory no one should be without.

HVAC technology is constantly changing, and new products are introduced every year. While some are irrelevant for most residential customers, others are both practical and cost-effective. Talk to your heating and cooling professional for more suggestions on HVAC upgrades to keep your family comfortable every season of the year.

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