Yes, Your Indoor Air Quality Affects HVAC Efficiency

February 26th, 2018

closeup picture of woman hands holding paper houseOur little part of the world is pretty well known for its heat during the majority of the year. Even in the winter months, we’ve been known to have a few hot days here and there. As such it makes sense that you’d like to know how to use your Santa Fe, NM HVAC system most efficiently to save money. But do you ever consider how your indoor air quality is affecting this?

We’re talking about humidity, in particular. Your indoor relative humidity levels should be between 30-50% for optimal comfort, health, and even property protection. During this time of the year, it can often drop below that, with your heater drying out the air even more. In the spring and summer, you have high humidity to worry about. It adds to the heat, makes you uncomfortable, and actually forces your air conditioner to work much harder than it should have to. (more…)

Should You Add a Heat Recovery Ventilator to Your Home?

October 10th, 2016

Though temperatures remain pretty mild right now, it’s just about time to start thinking about the state of your heating system and the best way to keep your home warm during the chilly nights and cool days that will be coming this winter.

You’d probably like tips on how to improve the efficiency of your heating system so that you can save money, considering how much you’ve likely spent on cooling costs all summer. We recommend seriously considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to help cut down on your costs. But how does this system work and how does that benefit your home? Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

How Duct Cleaning Can Help You Breathe Better

July 13th, 2015

The ducts in a home are far more important than most people give them credit for. They are responsible for the circulation of warm and cool air throughout the home, without which centralized climate control systems would not be able to function. Despite their importance, however, they are often neglected by homeowners. Most people believe that the ducts do not need any sort of professional attention, due to their simple design. This is untrue. In fact, if your ducts are not cleaned every couple of years, you could experience some substantial negative health effects. Read on to find out more. (more…)

3 Facts You Should Know about Indoor Air Quality

April 6th, 2015

Indoor air quality is a major concern today. More and more homeowners are looking for ways to ensure that the air that circulates through their house and which they and their family members breathe every day is healthy. Poor indoor air quality poses not only risks to health, but also to home energy efficiency and comfort.

If you have worries regarding the indoor air quality of your home, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We will find out what issues might be affecting your home’s air, and then offer solutions such as duct cleaning and the installation of energy recovery ventilators, air purifiers, humidifiers, or other IAQ devices.

Here are 3 facts about indoor air quality that we think everybody should know:

1. The air indoors is usually worse than the air outdoors

We hear so much about outdoor air pollution that it’s easy to assume that indoor air must be better. However, this isn’t often true. In fact, indoor air is often three to four times worse than the outdoor air. According to the U.S. EPA, indoor air can contain such pollutants as radon, secondhand smoke, combustion pollutants, volatile organic compounds (mostly from household cleaning supplies), asthma triggers, and toxic molds.

2. The air filter on your heater and air conditioner won’t help much

If you think that the air filter attached to your AC and forced-air heater that catches dust and debris should do enough to clean your air, think again. This filter is important when it comes to protecting the comfort system from damage, but it does very little to reduce the amount of contaminants that will circulate through your air. However, you can have dedicated indoor air quality filtration devices put in.

3. You can bring in fresh air without losing home energy efficiency

The lack of fresh air is one of the main reasons that indoor air quality can decline so steeply. But if you open up doors and windows, you’ll threaten the efficiency of your air conditioner and heater and make them work harder. However, there are ways around this dilemma, such as the installation of an energy recovery ventilator or heat recovery ventilator. Ask your IAQ experts about other solutions that will bring in fresh air without raising your energy bills sky-high.

If you are looking for indoor air quality solutions, and you need the assistance of skilled professionals who can offer you a variety of options, look no further than Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We serve Santa Fe, NM and the surrounding areas.

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