Fiber glass insulation has been used as thermal insulation inside ventilation systems for homes (as well as other buildings) since the widespread use of forced-air heating and cooling systems after World War II. This insulation is important for preventing heat loss during warm weather and heat infiltration during cold weather. Without proper ductwork insulation, a home’s HVAC system would be highly energy inefficient—and probably much less effective at providing comfort.
Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’
While most homeowners think primarily of temperature, it’s important to realize that indoor air quality is just as important to the comfort of your home. You need to make certain that the air your breathe while inside your home is clean and properly humidified. However, the modern presents a number of challenges to those seeking to improve their indoor air quality. Because it is tightly sealed against the elements, it often recycles and recirculates the same air throughout the house over and over. Opening a window is possible, but not without a substantial rise in your energy bill. So what do you do?
There are a number of whole house indoor air quality devices available to you. These systems integrate directly within your ductwork so that your entire indoor air supply is covered. Unlike portable units, they require very little to no maintenance and they are highly efficient. Let’s take a look at some of your options.
- Air filtration system. If your air quality is suffering because of the presence of airborne contaminants, then you may want to begin by thinking about an air filtration system. Unlike portable units that have to be shifted from room to room, a whole-house air filter does all the work for you. It removes noxious particles that can aggravate your allergies and cause other issues for those with respiratory conditions.
- UV air purifier. If you’re looking for a supplement to conventional air filtration, then a UV air purifier might be best. This device uses ultraviolet light to destroy biological contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria, though it does not affect the presence of dust, dander and other debris.
- Energy recovery ventilator. If you’re concerns are more about the proper ventilation of your home, then an energy recovery ventilator may be more your style. These devices allow you to ventilate your home without worrying about the attendant costs of doing so.
It’s important that the indoor air quality device that you choose be properly installed and serviced (as need be). We can make that happen. Call Kilowatt today to learn more about our indoor air quality products & services in Los Angeles.
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