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Increasing Comfort Technologies
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The HVAC equipment that improves comfort for you and your family isn't just restricted to your main heating and AC units. Many other devices can help you improve your indoor air quality, save energy, and make your Seabrook Island, South Carolina, home healthier and more enjoyable to live in. Some of the best technologies for increasing your comfort are programmable thermostats, dehumidifiers and humidifiers, energy recovery ventilators, and UV air purifiers.

Programmable Thermostats

You can set a programmable thermostat to change the temperature in your home automatically when you usually go to sleep, wake up, leave for work, and come home. You can conserve energy by turning your HVAC system down while you're away or resting and then returning it to a more comfortable temperature before you wake up or return home. This way, you won't have to stay in a house that's too warm or too cold, which will also keep your utility bills lower.

Some programmable thermostats have a different schedule for weekdays and weekends, while others have different settings for every day of the week. With many models, you can make changes from anywhere with your computer or smartphone. Some devices even let you choose a code or password to keep kids or guests from changing your thermostat settings without your permission.

Dehumidifiers and Humidifiers

High humidity during summer can make your home feel stuffy, hot, and uncomfortable. The excess moisture could cause biological growth, water damage, or rotting and swelling wood floors and furniture. You can control the moisture levels in your home by using a whole-home humidifier if needed in winter and switching to a dehumidifier in summer. These components will help you and your family be more comfortable, allowing you to use your HVAC system less and save energy. They can also extend your heater and air conditioner's life by reducing wear.

Energy Recovery Ventilators

An energy recovery ventilator or ERV removes stale air from your home while conserving power. It works a lot like a heat pump, transferring heat from outgoing to incoming air during winter and reversing the process in summer. ERVs also filter outdoor air before it can enter your home.

An energy recovery ventilator can remove pollen, dust, dirt, pet dander, volatile organic chemicals such as benzene or formaldehyde, and many other pollutants along with stale air. Improving your indoor air quality by getting rid of these contaminants can prevent asthma or allergy symptoms, sore throats, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, rashes, eye irritation, and many other uncomfortable issues.

In many homes without proper ventilation, the indoor air is even more polluted than the outdoor air. ERVs allow you to enjoy fresh air without wasting energy by opening a door or a window. They can increase your indoor air quality and keep your HVAC system's air filter from getting dirty as often. This helps you save energy by increasing airflow. Even with an energy recovery ventilator, you should change your heater and air conditioner's filter at least every few months.

UV Air Purifiers

UV air purifiers or air cleaners have lamps that produce a type of ultraviolet light that the Earth's atmosphere usually blocks. This light kills microorganisms or prevents them from reproducing by damaging their DNA.

Having one of these devices installed in your home can improve your indoor air quality and keep illnesses such as colds or the flu from spreading. They also prevent bad smells from biological growth and help people with existing health problems avoid opportunistic infections. You can pick a coil sterilization light for your heater and air conditioner's indoor air handler or an air sterilization light for your ductwork.

M&B Heating and Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and we've been helping people with their heating, cooling, and indoor air quality needs since 1964. We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction and our experienced NATE-certified technicians will answer all of your questions and help you find the right device for your home. For outstanding service, call us anytime at 843-628-1775.

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