The Post Your HVAC Contractor Doesn’t Want You to Read…
Are you trying to improve air quality in your home? Have you had an HVAC professional out to assess your current systems and to give you recommendations on possible HVAC mold solutions, add-ons, and enhancements? I’ll bet if you have, you are more confused now about what you should do than before they came. Am I right?
The reason I ask is because I get so many reader questions about various recommended HVAC “extras” and “solutions.” Many seem like viable proposals, but come with hefty price tags and not much explanation.
Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for those in HVAC sales, I have gained a crazy amount of knowledge in this area from personal exposure and experience during our mold nightmare and from experts in the fields of building science, indoor air quality, and environmental hygiene. When the mold issues in my home forced us to rip out and replace our entire HVAC system, ductwork, attic insulation, and ventilation systems, I threw myself into learning everything I could about our options and all of the possible solutions out there for our unique situation. Then, through working alongside the experts I mentioned and their technicians to make our home safe and livable again, I learned how to sort through the things that were worth the time and money and the things that just looked shiny and cool, but produced no significant home-health improvement for the expense. I guess you can say that I was given a peek behind the curtain of HVAC solutions from the perspective of a mold and indoor air quality expert.
Well, today, I am going to try to spread that knowledge. I will first list common HVAC recommendations that, in my opinion and experience, aren’t worth the money. Then, I will list HVAC and indoor air quality upgrades that I can whole-heartedly endorse. I will provide explanations and my experience with each, so that you can go into the conversation with as much inside knowledge as possible, especially if your main concern is mold.