If you suffer from allergies or bronchial asthma, you could think about getting your HVAC unit maintained. If you do not experience these problems, you still should consider cleaning your system because of both the health advantages and the efficiency and trouble free service that cleaning your system can offer as well as the savings in air conditioning repairs.
In the old days, house were so permeable that air was exchanged a great deal. Now, residences are constructed so tight, that we are re breathing the same air over and over again. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that inside air quality is a significant issue. It is necessary that our heating and central air conditioning units get maintained routinely.
Every time you walk into your home, you are carrying with you, what ever dust and pollen particles you have gathered through the day. Do you have a dog, or a cat? They are carrying their fair portion of dust inside also. Plus, we all shed dander. Dogs, cats, birds and people all drop bits of skin and hair, constantly. Where does dust, plant pollen and dander wind up?
Well some of it is obvious, it’s distributed all over your house. Dusting and vacuuming helps remove a great deal of it, but a lot gets sucked up through your heating unit. Most of this dirt is captured in the filter in your HVAC unit. You have to change that filter periodically. You can do this yourself or you can get a furnace repairman to do it.
Generally it’s suggested to get your furnace and duct work looked at annually. Not only will the technician change your filter, he will check out the heating system, lubricate it if required, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if needed, check for cracks and belts and motor sounds, check out your thermostat and keep your system functioning properly.
If you have a/c, it’s important to get the outdoors condenser system cleaned. It collects dirt and plant pollen which limits air circulation. This may greatly compromise the efficiency of your system.
In 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 need to be checked as well.
As much as possible eliminate dust from your home with a high quality vacuum rather than dusting, this eliminates the dust rather than just moving it about. Electrostatic dusters are preferred over common dusters. The dust adheres to the duster. You can shake it out, outdoors, to eliminate the dust from your home.
Try to keep your pets away from your bedrooms. This will reduce the dust and dander within an area in which you spend a lot of time.
When washing your bed linen and towels, utilize hot water to eliminate dust mites and their eggs.
Such suggestions will go a long way to improve your indoor air quality. We are constantly exposed to dust, pollen, molds and other allergens. Fortunately our immune systems are generally ready to deal with this. But sometimes we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner inside air should be a big help in minimizing such problems.