Exploring the Relationship between Energy Efficiency and Air Quality

We spend 90% of our lives inside of a building. Whether we’re in school, at work, at home, or doing something fun with friends, a majority of these activities take place within the confines of four walls. We rely on these buildings to provide shelter, comfort, and healthy environments in which we can thrive. Since 2008 and the enactment of energy efficient codes, newer buildings and homes are better at cutting down on indoor air pollution and energy usage. For older buildings that are often less energy efficient, finding the right balance of quality air and energy efficiency can prove to be tricky.

According to the EPA, air pollution levels within a building can be anywhere from two to a hundred times worse than outside, depending on the purpose, actions, and energy efficiency of the building.  The over abundant presence of air pollutants within a home can make it extremely hard to breathe. This can lead to further respiratory issues as you continue to breathe in the polluted air. In addition to health problems, buildings that lack in energy efficient methods for air quality also see a spike in the cost of their energy bills.

So how do you remedy this issue? The HVAC experts from Action Cooling & Heating in Fort Myers have a few suggestions for energy efficient guidelines to optimize your home or office’s air quality.

  • Regularly change furnace filters: Clogged filters require your HVAC unit to work twice as hard as it should. This can result in poor air quality and high energy costs. Change your filters frequently to ensure your unit is working as efficiently as possible.
  • Keep a well maintained HVAC unit: In conjunction with the previous bullet point, a major source of indoor pollution can come from poorly maintained HVACs. A well maintained unit operating at optimal efficiency can do wonders for your health and wallet.
  • Properly ventilate your home: Volatile organic compounds and household chemicals are just two of the airborne pollutants that can cause respiratory problems in homes. Proper ventilation helps control the health impact of these irritants in the air.
  • Incorporate plant life into your décor: Plants have more benefits than just looking amazing. Plants are nature’s filters. Household plants do an excellent job filtering and purifying the air.

These are simple, but useful tactics in optimizing your home’s energy efficiency to increase the air quality. Follow these easy tips and you can make staying in doors that much more enjoyable. For more information on HVAC maintenance and air quality, be sure to check our site.