If you experience allergy symptoms or asthma, you could think about getting your HVAC system maintained. If you do not experience these problems, you still should think about maintaining your system due to both the health benefits and the effectiveness and trouble free service that cleaning your unit and air conditioning repair may provide.
In the old days, home were so permeable that air was exchanged a lot. Now, properties are built so tight, that we are re breathing the same air repeatedly. The EPA has determined that inside air quality is a big concern. It is necessary that our home heating and air conditioning units get maintained routinely.
Every time you walk into your home, you are bringing with you, whatever dirt and plant pollen particles you have picked up through the day. Do you own a pet dog, or a cat? They are carrying 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 does all that dust, plant pollen and dander wind up?
Well a lot of it is evident, it’s scattered throughout your house. Cleaning and vacuuming helps remove a lot of it, but a lot gets drawn up through your heating system. Most of that dirt is caught on the filter in your HVAC system. You have to change that filter periodically. You may do it yourself or you can hire a furnace technician to do it.
Generally it’s suggested to get your furnace and duct work checked out yearly. Not only will the technician replace your filter, he will check out the furnace, lubricate it if required, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if required, inspect for cracks and belts and motor noises, check out your thermostat and keep your equipment functioning correctly.
If you have a/c, it is essential to get the outdoors condenser unit cleaned. It gathers dust and plant pollen which restricts air circulation. This can significantly jeopardize the efficiency of your system.
Within some units there is a dehumidifier installed. This needs to be cleaned to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In other systems a humidifier is installed, these need to be checked out as well.
As much as possible eliminate dust from your house with a high quality vacuum rather than dusting, this eliminates the dust instead of just moving it around. Electrostatic dusters are preferred over standard dusters. The dust adheres to the duster. You can shake it out, outside, to eliminate the dust from your house.
Try to keep your pets out of your bedrooms. This will minimize the dust and dander within an area where you spend a lot of time.
When washing your bedding and towels, use hot water to kill dust mites and their eggs.
Such suggestions will go a long way to improve your indoor air quality. We are continuously exposed to dust, pollen, mold and mildews and other allergens. Fortunately our immune systems are generally able to handle this. But sometimes we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner inside air should be a big help in minimizing such problems.