Your HVAC system is a vital component of keeping your home in Northbrook, Illinois, comfortable. With today’s technological advancements, there are even more ways to maximize comfort and create the perfect environment in your home. Whether you’re looking to save more on energy bills or hoping to reduce the allergens in your home, there’s an HVAC add-on that can help.

Air Purifiers

If you suffer from allergies, own an older home that accumulates high levels of dust, or have multiple pets, an air purifier can go above and beyond what your regular filter does to trap and remove particles from circulating through your HVAC system. These air purifying systems integrate with your current HVAC system and filter out more than 95 percent of all organisms that measure less than 0.30 microns in size.

These devices can help remove allergy triggers from the air in your home. They can even kill several pathogens linked to influenza and SARS.


Attaching a dehumidifier to your HVAC system can help pull moisture out of the air. As a result, it can help create a cooler and less stuffy environment in your home. This will help reduce dampness in your home and eliminate associated problems, such as a persistent musty odor.

Dehumidifiers also help prevent the spread of dust mites that respond to high levels of humidly in the air. As humidity levels decrease, the dust mites will move into the air. Your HVAC system will then suck them up, and the air filter will trap them to prevent them from recirculating.

Smart Thermostats

Adding a smart thermostat can be a valuable upgrade to not only maintain the comfort of your home but also to save on your utility bills. A smart thermostat will allow you to pre-program your temperature setting for each day of the week.

Most smart thermostats can also learn patterns so they can provide you with the best overall energy savings. They even provide reporting so that you can see where your utility dollars are going and learn ways to decrease your energy use.

Finally, these thermostats will allow you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere. All you need is a Wi-Fi signal and your smartphone.


In an effort to save energy, you may find it best to seal your home tightly. While this is great to keep conditioned air inside, it can cause the air in your home to become stale. You can solve this problem by adding a ventilator that will exhaust the stale air outside and bring in the fresh air. As the air is pulled in, it’ll travel through a filter. As a result, it’ll trap allergens and other pollutants before they get the change to enter your system.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous. It can leak into your home without you suspecting it until you have become sick. The gas is tasteless and odorless, and it can be fatal when it fills a contained area.

A carbon monoxide alarm can detect small levels of carbon monoxide, allowing you and your family to safely get out of the home before the levels become too dangerous. To protect your family properly, make sure to keep a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the home outside of the bedroom. If your alarm sounds, open the windows and exit the house to safety. Once you have reached a safe place, call an HVAC specialist to determine the problem that led to the increased gas.

Do you want to learn more about the technological advancements that can help your HVAC system maximize efficiency? Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 847-272-5836 to find out which items can improve your HVAC system and home.

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