Whether you’re new to the work-from-home life or if you’ve been at it for years, you can always improve your comfort and productivity. One often neglected aspect of your work life is your air quality and your comfort. While you might not have much control over these things in an office, when you’re at home you have the luxury of setting yourself up for comfort and health, and your HVAC system can be a big part of that. Here are four HVAC tips that will help you while you’re working. 

1. Air Purifiers are Your Friend 

Missing fresh air? When you’re working from home, you spend almost all of your time breathing in whatever is floating in your air, and it’s not just oxygen. Your home may have allergens, dust, mold spores, bacteria and viruses lingering in the air. You can protect your health by removing a lot of it from the air with a quality HEPA filter. Get a portable option for your home office, or purify your whole home with a larger option. 

2. You Can Save with Zone Heating and Cooling 

You might miss the energy savings that come from turning your furnace or your air conditioner off while you were out working. That could be substantial savings that you now have to pay for. However, there are still ways that you can save on your energy bill and help save the planet. Zone heating is one such option. 

Zone heating and cooling is where you divide your home up into zones. Your home office can be a single zone. Then you can heat or cool just the zone that you’re in. This puts less demand on your HVAC system and helps you save money. 

You do need a system to enable zone heating, and a smart thermostat to control it. One good option is ductless mini splits, which you can position in each zone. However, furnaces, fireplaces and air conditioners can all also support zone heating and cooling systems. We can help you choose the best option for your home. 

3. Ventilation is Key for Comfort 

We tend to think that our home has enough ventilation, but when you spend all day there, you generate more humidity, more carbon dioxide, and overall make your home stuffier. It can really help to add in additional ventilation and make your home feel fresh. Try local ventilation for your bathroom and your kitchen. Or, add in energy-efficient whole-home ventilation options such as HRVs. 

4. Humidity is Important 

Especially in Canada and especially in the winter, low humidity levels can make you very uncomfortable at work. Refresh your skin and protect your eyes, nose and throat from discomfort with a whole-home humidifier.     

Do you work from home and have questions for our HVAC experts? Contact Pinnacle Home Services today. We can help you work more comfortably and save money while you’re doing it. 

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