If you suffer from allergies or bronchial asthma, you could think about getting your HVAC unit cleaned. If you don’t suffer from these problems, you still should think about cleaning your system because of both the health advantages and the efficiency and trouble free service that maintaining your system may provide, including reducing air conditioning repairs.
In the old days, home were so permeable that air was exchanged a lot. Now, houses are built so tight, that we are re breathing the same air repeatedly. The EPA has determined that inside air quality is a big issue. It is essential that our home heating and central air conditioning systems get maintained regularly.
Every time you enter your house, you are bringing with you, what ever dust and pollen particles you have gathered through the day. Do you have a dog, or a cat? They are bringing their fair share of dust inside as well. Plus, all of us shed dander. Dogs, cats, birds and people all shed bits of skin and hair, all the time. Where exactly does all that dust, pollen and dander end up?
Well a lot of it is obvious, it’s distributed throughout your home. Cleaning and vacuuming helps eliminate a lot of it, but a lot gets sucked up through your heating system. Most of this dirt is captured on the filter in your HVAC system. You need to replace that filter regularly. You can do this on your own or you can get a furnace technician to do it.
Typically it’s recommended to get your heater and duct work checked out yearly. Not only will the technician replace your filter, he will have a look at the heating system, lubricate it if required, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if required, inspect for cracks and belts and motor sounds, check out your thermostat and keep your equipment working correctly.
If you have air conditioning, it’s important to get the outdoors condenser system cleaned. It collects dirt and plant pollen that restricts air circulation. This can significantly compromise the effectiveness of your system.
Within some systems there is a dehumidifier installed. That will need to be cleaned to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In other units a humidifier is installed, these need to be checked also.
As much as feasible remove dust from your home with a high quality vacuum cleaner instead of dusting, this eliminates the dust rather than just moving it about. Electrostatic dusters are favored over standard dusters. The dust adheres to the duster. You are able to shake it out, outside, to remove the dust from your house.
Keep your pets away from your bed rooms. This will minimize the dust and dander within an area in which you spend a lot of time.
If washing your bedding and towels, utilize hot water to kill dust mites and their eggs.
These suggestions will go a long way to improve your inside air quality. We are continuously exposed to dust, plant pollen, mold and mildews and other allergens. Fortunately our immune systems are generally able to deal with this. But sometimes we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner indoor air should be a big aid in minimizing such issues.