Buying a home is an exciting time for young investors, individuals, and certainly couples. Whether you’re just starting a family, wanting to invest, or looking to move to a new location, finding a home that fits the needs of your family typically tops the list of priorities.
The aesthetic of a home is important. We want to impress, right? No doubt checking out the property, countertops, and flooring is important. But did you know it’s just as important to pay attention to the home’s HVAC system and its indoor air quality conditions? Air quality is an important factor in a home because it can impact your family’s health, comfort, and investment. But to most of us, it’s an afterthought. Conditions such as asthma, eye irritation, headaches, and other serious health problems may be exacerbated by exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. By making your home’s air quality a priority instead of an afterthought, it will increase both the comfort and value of your next home purchase.
Here’s a closer look at why you should factor in air quality conditions when looking for a new home.
Consider the Big Picture
All homebuyers are excited about their new digs. They begin to picture painting, decorating, and settling into the space. But, not so fast. The number one mistake that homeowners make is ignoring heating and humidity problems until after move in. While aesthetic and design may be the first thing they want to take into consideration when looking at a home, neither have the positive impact on your overall health. Let’s be real – air quality inside your home is a game changer, and you’re going to be very happy in the long run if it’s made a top priority.
Protect Your Investment
Indoor air quality is an investment. However, a home that’s running more efficiently is going to provide a benefit that is far greater than the initial expense. Asking your contractor about upgrading your system to include a UV light for the coil, a MERV 11 or greater inch filter, and/or a pro-active IAQ solution like an Air Knight will not only protect the air in your home, but the loved ones who are impacted by the quality of that air as well.
Choose an HVAC System with Indoor Air Quality Features
By investing in a new HVAC system for your home, it will keep families, friends, and loved ones comfortable and protected from air pollutants throughout all the seasons, and for many years to come. One of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality is to ensure air in the home has proper circulation. When implementing an HVAC system from Carrier or Bryant, it will include additional features that are designed to help impact indoor air quality. For example, features like the Comfort Fan, from Carrier, or the FanOn Plus, from Bryant, allow homeowners to control the speed of the fans while in the continuous On position. Most thermostats only have Auto (where the systems fans runs when there is a call for cooling or heating), and On (when the fan runs as fast as it can all the time). Comfort Fan and FanOn Plus give homeowners the option to choose High, Medium, or Low speeds when the fan is running in the constant On position. This keeps the air circulating, giving your IAQ devices the opportunity to work.
Homeowners who run their fan constantly may experience higher humidity levels due to the fan blowing across the evap coil while it is wet. Another great feature included in Carrier and Bryant HVAC systems is called Smart Evap. Smart Evap keeps humidity from re-entering the space by turning off a constant fan for a short period of time after a call for dehumidification has been met. This is important because it will prevent all the humidity that your AC system is working to keep out, from reentering the home.
Be proactive! Buying a home is a big decision and we here at CE are here to help. If you’re looking to improve the HVAC system in a home or update the indoor air quality equipment before move-in, contact CE today to get started.