A well-maintained HVAC system keeps your home comfortable throughout the year. However, HVAC accessories boost your system’s efficiency, make you more comfortable, and save energy. Explore some popular HVAC accessories below.

1. Air Purifiers

Many people worry about external pollution, but the air in your home harbors harmful contaminants like pet dander, bacteria, viruses, pollen, mold, and mildew. Household activities like cooking and cleaning release chemicals, odors, and smoke that affect air quality. If you have household members with respiratory problems, they may experience severe symptoms if your home’s indoor air quality is particularly poor.

You may wonder if you need an air purifier since your HVAC system has a filter. While an HVAC filter removes large particles from the air, it isn’t as effective against microscopic substances and bacteria as whole-house air purifiers.

An HVAC professional installs a whole-house air purifier in your system’s ductwork. The technician also helps you choose the best filter among options like HEPA filters, carbon-activated filters, and electrostatic air filters. The best model depends on what kind of pollutants you want to remove. For instance, a carbon-activated filter is excellent for trapping smoke, VOCs, and odors.

The benefits of whole-house filters range from healthier air and odor elimination. An air filter is especially suitable for residents with allergies triggered by pet dander, pollen, or mold. Also, your HVAC system operates more efficiently as it doesn’t have contaminants. An efficient HVAC runs for longer, and you spend less on repairs.

2. Smart Thermostat

If your traditional thermostat works fine, you may lack the incentive to switch to a smart thermostat. However, a smart upgrade lets you remotely manage your home’s cooling and heating needs.

An HVAC expert installs a smart thermostat just like a regular model, except that you can control the smart one over WiFi. The smart thermostat learns household habits, such as when household members leave home and come back. This information helps the device optimize your cooling and heating. For instance, the thermostat can cool your home to the desired temperature just before you get home in summer.

Smart thermostats also track your energy usage and suggest changes that save you money. If your system has an issue, the device displays warnings and even reminds you of maintenance schedules.

Other thermostats are great for zoning systems, as they control cooling and heating in individual rooms and keep people with different preferences comfortable. Advanced smart thermostats track other metrics as well, such as humidity and air quality.

3. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

If your home has humidity problems, a humidifier or dehumidifier can enhance comfort. High humidity and low humidity present various issues. If the air is too humid, you may notice mold growth, degraded furniture, and warping wood. Low humidity is also destructive to wood, and household members may experience respiratory issues due to breathing dry air.

A humidifier discharges water vapor to increase the humidity levels, while a dehumidifier absorbs moisture to reduce humidity levels. While you can use portable devices, an HVAC expert can install whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers that correct moisture problems.

An HVAC expert hardwires a whole-house humidifier to your HVAC systems for even humidity levels across the house. If you live in a locality with high humidity, you don’t have to buy dehumidifiers for each room. Instead, your HVAC technician recommends and installs a central dehumidifier that keeps everyone comfortable.

At Apollo Heating & Air Conditioning, we are committed to helping you get the most out of your HVAC system. The HVAC industry has numerous upgrades that enhance comfort and save energy, such as carbon monoxide alarms. Talk to us today and explore the right HVAC accessories for your home.