If you suffer from allergy symptoms or bronchial asthma, you might consider getting your HVAC unit cleaned. If you don’t suffer from these issues, you still might think about maintaining your system due to both the health benefits and the efficiency and trouble free service that maintaining your unit may offer, resulting in less expense for air conditioning repair.
In the old days, home were so permeable that air was exchanged a lot. Now, residences are built so tight, that we are re breathing the same air over and over again. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that indoor air quality is a big concern. It is necessary that our home heating and central air conditioning systems get cleaned regularly.
Each time you enter your home, you are carrying with you, whatever dust and pollen particles you have gathered through the day. Do you have a dog, or a cat? They are bringing their fair portion of dust inside as well. Plus, all of us shed dander. Dogs, cats, birds and people all shed bits of skin and hair, constantly. Where exactly does dust, pollen and dander end up?
Well a lot of it is obvious, it’s distributed throughout your house. Dusting and vacuuming helps eliminate a lot of it, but a lot gets drawn up through your heating unit. Most of this dirt is captured on the filter in your HVAC unit. You have to change that filter periodically. You may do it on your own or you can hire 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 check out the heating system, lubricate it if required, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if required, inspect for cracks and belts and motor sounds, have a look at your thermostat and keep your system functioning properly.
If you have air conditioning, it is essential to get the outdoors condenser system maintained. It collects dirt and pollen which restricts air circulation. This can greatly jeopardize the effectiveness of your system.
In some units 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 out also.
As much as possible remove dust from your house with a good quality vacuum instead of dusting, this removes the dust instead of just moving it about. Electrostatic dusters are preferred over standard dusters. The dust sticks to the duster. You are able to shake it out, outside, to remove the dust from your home.
Keep your pets out of your bedrooms. This will reduce the dust and dander in an area where you spend a lot of time.
If cleaning your bed linen and towels, use hot water to kill dust mites and their eggs.
Such tips will go a long way to enhance your inside air quality. We are constantly exposed to dust, plant pollen, mold and mildews and other allergens. Thankfully our immune systems are typically ready to deal with this. But sometimes we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner indoor air will be a big aid in reducing such problems.