Are you tired of paying too much to heat and cool your home in Chatham County, GA? Do you keep hearing about new HVAC technology? Now’s your chance to take advantage of the HVAC industry’s latest developments. Innovative technology can upgrade the efficiency and power of your HVAC system, resulting in greater comfort around your home and more money in your pocket. Here are four HVAC upgrades for a more efficient home.

Upgrade #1: A Whole-Home Humidifier

Georgians are accustomed to relatively dry air, but air that’s too dry can cause health issues, potential damage to your home, and reduced efficiency and comfort. In the fall and winter, the humidity drops to an all-time low and needs addressing if you intend to keep your home comfortable. To maintain comfort, health, and efficiency, your humidity should remain at a healthy level, usually between 40 to 50 percent relative humidity. To maintain this level, install a whole-home humidifier.

Whole-home humidifiers attach to your HVAC system and add water vapor to the air as it passes through. This water vapor increases the humidity in your home to whatever level you’ve indicated. Healthy, moist air prevents the spread of certain particles, keeps the air moist enough that it doesn’t cause you discomfort or illness, and increases efficiency by ensuring the air feels the way it should (dry air feels colder than it actually is).

Upgrade #2: A Whole-Home Air Purifier

Since you’ll likely be inside more during the fall and winter months, it’s even more vital that the air inside is healthy. A humidifier will improve your indoor air quality, but it won’t solve all your problems. And because indoor air quality is closely linked to HVAC efficiency, you’ll want to consider installing a whole-home air purifier to keep your air exceptionally healthy.

HVAC systems normally use air filters that catch many hazardous particles and irritants, but that doesn’t mean they catch everything. Whole-home air purifiers trap considerably more particles, and some even release a brief electrical charge that kills the particles for good. Before air enters your living space, it is forced through this purifier, ensuring that clean air is released. Cleaner air puts less strain on your HVAC system, increasing efficiency and comfort.

Upgrade #3: A Smart Thermostat

Smart technology seems to be slowly taking over our lives, to the chagrin of many. Smart thermostats, however, should be a welcome addition to any home whose occupants are striving for greater efficiency.

What makes a smart thermostat different than your everyday thermostat? Perhaps its most useful feature is its programmability, which allows you to set specific temperatures for certain periods during the day. This ensures that your HVAC system is only putting in the effort when you and your family need it, as opposed to when you’re all away.

Smart thermostats also have Wi-Fi connectivity and can connect to your smart device. This means you can control your home’s comfort and temperature from anywhere. Some smart thermostats will even email you energy usage diagnostic reports so you can see where and when you might be wasting energy.

Upgrade #4: A New System

No amount of new technology can bring an old system back from the brink. Once an HVAC system is older than 10 to 15 years, it drops in efficiency and power. At that point, the longer you prolong upgrading your entire system, the more money you’re throwing away on your monthly energy bill. The HVAC industry is always updating and upgrading its systems, which means a new system will offer greater efficiency and power than when you first purchased your original system. Don’t put off upgrading your system when such advantages are just around the corner.

With all the innovation the HVAC industry has to offer, there is bound to be an upgrade that will meet the needs of you and your family. We’re fortunate that, these days, a more efficient home and greater comfort is only a call away. To get started upgrading your HVAC system, call Byrd Heating & Air at 912-373-8447.