If you experience allergies or bronchial asthma, you could think about getting your HVAC unit maintained. If you do not suffer from these issues, you still could think about maintaining your system because of both the health advantages and the efficiency and trouble free service that maintaining your system can provide, as well as the savings in air conditioning repairs.
In the old days, house were so porous that air was exchanged a great deal. Now, residences are built so tight, that we are re inhaling and exhaling the same air over and over again. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that indoor air quality is a significant issue. It is important that our heating and central air conditioning systems get cleaned regularly.
Each time you walk into your house, you are bringing with you, whatever dust and pollen particles you have picked up through the day. Do you have a pet dog, or a cat? They are bringing their fair share of dust inside also. Plus, all of us shed dander. Dogs, cats, birds and people all drop bits of skin and hair, constantly. Where exactly does all that dust, plant pollen and dander wind up?
Well a lot of it is evident, it’s scattered all over your house. Dusting and vacuuming helps eliminate a lot of it, but a lot gets drawn up by your heating unit. Most of this dust is captured 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 suggested to get your heater and duct work checked out yearly. Not only will the technician change your filter, he will check out the furnace, lubricate it if needed, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if needed, inspect for cracks and belts and motor noises, check out your thermostat and keep your equipment functioning properly.
If you have central air conditioning, it’s important to get the outdoors condenser unit cleaned. It gathers dirt and plant pollen that restricts air circulation. This can significantly jeopardize the effectiveness of your system.
Within some units there is a dehumidifier installed. This needs to be cleaned to avoid the growth of mold and mildew. In other systems a humidifier is installed, these ought to be checked out also.
As much as possible eliminate dust from your house with a good quality vacuum instead of dusting, this eliminates the dust instead of just moving it around. Electrostatic dusters are preferred over common dusters. The dust adheres to the duster. You are able to shake it out, outdoors, to eliminate the dust from your home.
Try to keep your pets away from your bed rooms. This will minimize the dust and dander in an area where you spend a lot of time.
If cleaning your bedding and towels, use 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, pollen, mold and mildews and various other allergens. Thankfully our immune systems are typically able to handle this. However in some cases we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner indoor air should be a big help in minimizing these problems.