As the holiday season comes to a close and the New Year is upon us, now is a great time to think about what you can do to have a more comfortable home in 2013. Thinking back on 2012, were you completely satisfied with the comfort levels in your home all year long? If not, consider making some of the HVAC system upgrades below to achieve maximum whole-house comfort this year.
5 HVAC system upgrades that will improve whole-house comfort
- Programmable thermostat. Do you still have a manual thermostat installed in your home? Programmable thermostats give you complete control over your home's temperatures without the added stress of manually changing your thermostat's settings multiple times a day. This is specifically useful if you want your desired home temperature levels to be ready for you by the time you wake up or return home from work.
- Zoning system. A zoning system allows you to individually control the temperature levels of specific parts of your home. This is one of the best ways to reduce hot and cold spots and allows you to focus your HVAC system's energy consumption on the parts of your home that you occupy most often.
- Whole house humidifier and dehumidifier. Temperature levels are only part of the story when it comes to home comfort. In order to have a truly comfortable home, you have to be able to control indoor humidity levels as well. Whole house humidifiers and dehumidifiers are the best options available to St. Louis area homeowners for keeping humidity levels in check all year long.
- Better air filtration. Does anyone in your home suffer from asthma or allergies? Does it seem like someone in your family is always sick, not matter the time of year? If you're currently using standard 1" filters with your HVAC system, you could significantly improve indoor air quality and the comfort of you and your family by upgrading to a better air filtration system. Advanced air filtration options include everything from whole house air cleaners to UV light air purifiers and more.
- Energy recovery ventilator. Along with a better filtration system, an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is another HVAC upgrade that will improve your home's air quality and the comfort and health of your family. ERV's are able to exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. This is done without having to worry about losing energy like you would if you naturally ventilated your home by opening your doors and windows.
If you have any questions about any of these HVAC system upgrades, or if you'd like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis heating and air conditioning company. We service the St. Louis area and surrounding towns like Chesterfield, Ladue and Weldon Spring.