When life hands you lemons – we’re talking dust, pollen and pollutants – Sensible Heating & Cooling can help you take control of your home’s indoor air quality. Based on humidity, temperature, air purity and ventilation, indoor air quality is the condition of the air inside your home, including the presence of pollution caused by smoking, dust, mites, mold spores, radon, and gases and chemicals from materials and appliances. Well-maintained and eventually new HVAC appliances, like air conditions, furnaces and humidifiers, make all the difference in preserving superior indoor air quality.

If you suspect your home’s air conditioner, furnace or humidifier is contributing to less than ideal indoor air quality, or your home isn’t outfitted with an air conditioner or humidifier, perhaps it’s time to consider the purchase of a new system. Here are a few tips to further your thinking.

Air Conditioners

  • Newer air conditioners are more energy efficient than their dated counterparts; making the trade could decrease your electrical consumption, while increasing the money in your pockets.
  • Modern-day air conditioners have a new version of Freon in them, allowing for less expensive repairs in the future.
  • Using an air conditioner during summer months helps to reduce moisture in indoor air and reduces indoor pollen count.
  • As a general rule of thumb, HVAC experts suggest the lifespan of an air conditioner is 12-15 years.


  • Although high-efficiency furnaces are on the expensive side and require more upfront investment than traditional furnaces, you’re are certain to save money over time as the furnace uses fuel to heat your home, not electricity.
  • If your furnace is surrounded by clutter, it’s time to organize and give it a little space. Clutter can be unsafe and cause the furnace to work harder.
  • Keeping your air ducts free of dirt, dust and pet hair build-up will keep your furnace running in optimal condition. You’ll reduce the spread of germs in your home, too.
  • Scheduling when (days and times) you want your air conditioner or furnace to run spares the system from running nonstop. The scheduled programming also saves you energy, and ultimately, money.
  • HVAC experts suggest a furnace typically lasts between 15 and 20 years.


  • Humidifiers combat dry air and protect against respiratory issues in humans, no matter the season.
  • Humidifiers can help maintain body temperatures, helping you to avoid overheating your home during the winter.
  • The installation of new air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces qualify homeowners for better tax credits, and higher Xcel Energy rebates
  • HVAC systems should follow an annual maintenance routine to maintain optimal functioning and to alert you of potential problems before an emergency occurs.

In short, when the time comes to purchase a new air conditioner or furnace for your home, or to add a humidifier, the pay-off for upfront costs comes in the form of superior indoor air quality, improved health and home comfort, not to mention decreased energy consumption and a more acceptable carbon footprint.

If you’re looking to take control of your home’s lemons, contact Sensible Heating & Cooling at 720-876-7166 or email us at dan@sensibleheat.net / phil@sensibleheat.net. During the month of February, we’re waiving our diagnostic fee, while still providing a thorough inspection and assessment of your home’s furnace or air conditioner, when you agree to allow Sensible to do the repair. Also, this month, we’re offering $100 humidifier installation discounts.