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Energy Star products are certified to meet strict guidelines and standards for energy efficiency set by the EPA. There are additional things you can do to make the most of the energy efficiency and get the best bang for your buck out of your investment in your HVAC. Here's how to make the most of your Energy Star HVAC System. 

 
1. Install a programmable thermostat - A programmable thermostat allows you to set your temperature to a cooler or warmer setting (depending on season) while you are away and come up to your preferred temperature by the time you arrive home each day. This helps you save additional money on your utility bills by reducing the work your system has to do to maintain temperature when you aren't home. 
 
2. Properly size your new HVAC system - To ensure you get the proper size HVAC system for your home, your contractor will need to do an HVAC load calculation or Manual J calculation. This is an evaluation of a variety of data about your home that helps determine what size system is best for your home. It includes your square footage but also other factors such as the number of windows, amount of shade, roof color and roof type and more. Get the wrong size system and it could cycle too quickly to properly dehumidify your home or could use excess energy by cycling on and off too frequently. Having the right size system is vital to making the most of your Energy Star HVAC system. 
 
3. Seal and insulate ductwork - By sealing and insulating ductwork, you reduce the likelihood of air leaks and also help prevent temperature loss as air circulates from your HVAC system throughout your home. Preventing temperature loss helps your home reach the desired temperature more efficiently and prevents your HVAC system from running longer than necessary to reach temperature. 
 
4. Maintain your system - You should have a professional servicing at least once per year, preferably twice - once in the fall and once in the spring before the harsh seasons of winter and summer. In between professional maintenance appointments, check your filter monthly and change as soon as it appears dirty, especially during the summer and winter seasons when your system is working hardest. It's recommended to change your filter at least once every three months at the very minimum. 
 
5. Use your ceiling fans - Ceiling fans help circulate air and can push cooler air downward in the summer while creating an updraft during the winter that forces warmer air downward. Your fan should be set to rotate clockwise in the winter and counterclockwise in the summer. 
 
Using these five tips together can help you make the most of your Energy Star HVAC system. By making the most of your system, you maximize energy efficiency and save the most money possible on your utility bills. For more information on new Energy Star systems from Bryant, call Carolina Comfort Systems
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Thursday, 25 February 2021 11:24

The Benefits of an Air Purification System

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The air inside your home can be 5-10 times more polluted than the air outside your home. Air-tight construction practices meant to increase efficiency and prevent heat loss trap air inside the home where pollutants circulate at concentrated levels. Let's explore the benefits of an air purification system for your home. 

 
1. Reduce asthma symptoms and attacks - Air purification removes common asthma triggers, including dust, dirt, household cleaner fumes, paint fumes, VOCs from furniture and carpeting and other particulates that can trigger asthma. By removing these particles, asthma sufferers breathe cleaner air and experience less inflammation that causes symptoms. 
 
2. Eliminate radon gas - Radon gas is colorless and odorless. Even in very small amounts, it can eventually lead to lung cancer. Air purification systems help filter out radon gas. Note: This does not take the place of having your home inspected for radon gas leaks. 
 
3. Reduce allergies - Air purifiers improve allergy symptoms by removing dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, pet odors, dust mites and other pollutants that trigger allergy symptoms. 
 
4. Protect older adults, children and chronically ill - Cleaner air helps protect older adults, children and chronically ill or immunocompromised people from respiratory difficulties and infections. 
 
5. Reduce infections - Many air purifier systems also kill germs such as bacteria and viruses circulating in the air of your home. Some purification systems also release ionized particles that also attack germs on surfaces. 
 
6. Circulates air - Air purification systems help circulate air and improve air flow throughout the home. As they trap particles and pollutants from the air, they circulate out clean air that helps with the overall air flow in the home or building. 
 
Breathe cleaner air and also eliminate pet and cooking odors with an air purification system. Many air purification systems are installed as part of your home's HVAC system so air is filtered as it circulates through your home's system. If you want to experience the benefits of an air purification system in your home, call Carolina Comfort Systems to explore your options.
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