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How Your HVAC System Can Help (Or Harm!) Your Health

Posted by Mike Cappuccio on Aug 13, 2020 7:15:00 AM

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Did you know that your heating and air conditioning can have a significant impact on your health, both positive and negative? Here’s what you should know and how you can improve your health with an HVAC checkup.

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Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one of the most important factors in your overall health and wellness. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution highly on the list of environmental hazards people face. Poor indoor air quality can cause allergies, headaches, respiratory illness, and other serious health issues.

People spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, either at home or at work, making the quality of your indoor air extremely important – after all, it’s the air you breathe most of the time.

A properly serviced HVAC system can help reduce indoor allergens, dust, and air pollution. A ductless mini split is even more efficient at providing good air quality in residential and commercial spaces.

Humidity

Humidity in your home or workspace should be controlled for optimal health. In the winter, there tends to be less humidity in the air in part due to the frigid air outdoors coupled with pumping dry, warm air through an indoor space.

Certain viruses and colds tend to live longer in drier conditions and fare worse when it’s more humid – hence the reason that colds and flus are more common in the colder months.

Excess humidity can also impact your health, making it feel harder to breathe with too much moisture in the air. Make sure your HVAC system is doing a good job of controlling the humidity in your space and ask your HVAC technician how else you can increase or decrease humidity as needed. Depending on your system and your home, you may need to use a humidifier or dehumidifier in certain rooms.

Temperature

The temperature of your space can impact certain health conditions that make it difficult for the body to regulate its internal temperature. For example, individuals with thyroid conditions can easily get too cold or too hot.

They may have a hard time returning their body temperature to normal on their own, even with cool drinks or a warm blanket. Elderly individuals also have difficulty maintaining a comfortable body temperature due to the natural thinning of their skin.

Being able to easily control the temperature in a space is an important part of health for many people. Old HVAC systems may not be able to heat or cool a space completely, or it may take a long time to bring the temperature where it needs to be.

Comfort

Your comfort should also be considered a part of your overall health and wellness too. If you’re uncomfortable in your home or at work, you may begin to experience psychological effects like sadness, depression, and anxiety without being able to pinpoint a specific cause.

The right HVAC system can keep your space comfortable throughout your space, without rooms that are too hot or too cold even when running your system at full capacity.

With quality heating and cooling, your space can become a sanctuary of comfort and rest, both critical components of your health.

N.E.T.R., Inc. Cares About Healthy Air

At N.E.T.R., Inc, we care about the quality of your air. We’re a team of Mitsubishi Elite Diamond Contractors who can help you determine the best way to meet your heating and cooling needs while keeping your air healthy.

Contact us today to learn more or to book your appointment for an HVAC checkup by calling 781.933.NETR (6387).

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