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When we think about keeping our home comfortable this time of year we usually think of our air conditioning but it that all there is to it? Here are some things that can add to your home’s comfort system to help make sure your home is as comfortable, healthy and safe as possible.

When we think about keeping our home comfortable this time of year we usually think of our air conditioning but it that all there is to it? Here are some things that can add to your home’s comfort system to help make sure your home is as comfortable, healthy and safe as possible.

Programmable Thermostats

Upgrading your thermostat to one of the new programmable models can really make your home more efficient simply by giving you that extra control and not cooling your home when it’s not needed – like when you’re not home, or different times of the day. And that translates into energy savings. There are even new models that are Wi-Fi compatible to allow you to control your thermostat remotely, from your phone or other mobile device and some even have features that help to track your energy usage and savings. Whatever you choose however, make sure your installer or salesperson thoroughly explains how to operate the unit so you can take advantage of all its features.

Humidity Control

Depending on where you live in the country, it is common to experience either humidity levels that are too high or too low. The addition of a Dehumidifier or Humidifier to your home can help you maintain an optimum humidity level (between 40 to 60 percent) which has a number of benefits. First of all, many air borne allergens, bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi and ozone, thrive at high and low humidity levels, so keeping that optimum humidity zone in your home lessens the proliferation of those particles and results in healthier air quality. In addition, many of the furnishing in your home — hardwood floors, furniture, upholstery, pianos, all benefit from proper humidity.

Air Quality products

This is where you can make a difference in the air quality in your home. Especially for people with allergies or asthma or other health issues, it can really be important. Air cleaners and air purifiers can remove dust, mold, allergens, pet hair and dander from the air your family breathes. Whether it’s a stand-alone unit or one that integrates into you cooling system, you really can make your home healthier. While most work by filtering particles out of the air holding them there, some, like the Carrier Infinity Air Cleaner have a capture and kills technology that not only traps particles but kills the allergens as well. One additional side benefit to air cleaners and purifiers is that by removing dirt, pet hair and particles from the air means it can even cut down on the amount of dust in your home, making your home healthier and cleaner!

Another product that can help air quality is UV lights that are installed into the ductwork. These lights work by zapping and killing mold and bacteria that can builds up in the ducts and in turn would blown back into your home.

So when it comes to your home, don’t just keep it comfortable, keep it efficient, and healthy as well.