If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you might think about getting your HVAC system maintained. If you do not suffer from these problems, you still could think about maintaining your system because of both the health benefits and the efficiency and trouble free service that maintaining your system can offer.
In the old days, home were so permeable that air was exchanged a great deal. Now, residences are constructed so tight, that we are re breathing the same air repeatedly. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that indoor air quality is a significant issue. It is essential that our home heating and air conditioning units get cleaned routinely ti reduce the need for air conditioning repair.
Every time you enter your house, you are carrying with you, whatever dirt and plant pollen particles you have gathered through the day. Do you have a pet dog, or a cat? They are carrying their fair portion of dust inside also. In addition, we all shed dander. Dogs, cats, birds and people all shed bits of skin and hair, all the time. Where does dust, plant pollen and dander wind up?
Well some of it is obvious, it’s distributed throughout your home. Cleaning and vacuuming helps remove a lot of it, but a lot gets drawn up through your heating unit. Most of that dirt is caught on the filter in your HVAC unit. You need to replace that filter regularly. You may do it yourself or you can get a furnace technician to do it.
Typically it’s recommended to get your heater and duct work checked out annually. Not only will the technician replace your filter, he will have a look at the heating system, lubricate it if needed, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if required, check for cracks and belts and motor sounds, have a look at your thermostat and keep your equipment working properly.
If you have air conditioning, it is essential to get the outside condenser system cleaned. It gathers dust and pollen that restricts air flow. This can significantly compromise the efficiency of your system.
In some units there is a dehumidifier installed. This will need to be cleaned to avoid the growth of mold and mildew. In other units a humidifier is installed, these ought to be checked out as well.
As much as possible remove dust from your house with a high quality vacuum instead of dusting, this removes the dust instead of just moving it about. Electrostatic dusters are favored over standard dusters. The dust adheres to the duster. You can shake it out, outdoors, to eliminate the dust from your home.
Keep your pets out of your bed rooms. This will minimize the dust and dander in an area where you spend a lot of time.
When washing your bed linen and towels, utilize hot water to kill dust mites and their eggs.
Such suggestions will go a long way to enhance your inside air quality. We are continuously exposed to dust, plant pollen, mold and mildews and various other allergens. Thankfully our immune systems are typically able to deal with this. But in some cases we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner indoor air will be a big aid in minimizing these problems.