If you experience allergy symptoms or symptoms of asthma, you might consider getting your HVAC unit maintained. If you do not experience these problems, you still might think about cleaning your system because of both the health benefits and the efficiency and trouble free service that maintaining your unit may provide as well as saving in air conditioning repairs.
In the old days, house were so porous 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 indoor air quality is a significant concern. It is necessary that our home heating and air conditioning units get maintained regularly.
Each time you walk into your house, you are carrying with you, what ever dirt and pollen particles you have picked up through the day. Do you have a pet dog, or a cat? They are carrying their fair share of dust inside also. In addition, we all shed dander. Dogs, cats, birds and people all shed bits of skin and hair, constantly. Where does dust, plant pollen and dander end up?
Well a lot of it is evident, it’s distributed all over your house. Cleaning and vacuuming helps remove 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 unit. You have to change that filter periodically. You could do it on your own or you can hire a furnace repairman to do it.
Generally it’s suggested to get your heater and duct work looked at annually. Not only will the technician change your filter, he will have a look at the heating system, lubricate it if required, clean the ducting and heat exchanger if required, check for cracks and belts and motor noises, check out your thermostat and keep your system functioning correctly.
If you have central air conditioning, it is essential to get the outdoors condenser unit cleaned. It gathers dust and plant pollen that restricts air circulation. This may significantly jeopardize the effectiveness of your system.
In some systems there is a dehumidifier installed. This will need to be cleaned to avoid the growth of mold and mildew. In other systems a humidifier is installed, these need to be checked out also.
As much as possible remove dust from your house with a high quality vacuum instead of dusting, this removes 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, outside, to remove the dust from your house.
Keep your pets away from your bed rooms. This will reduce the dust and dander within an area in which you spend a lot of time.
If washing your bed linen and towels, use hot water to eliminate dust mites and their eggs.
Such suggestions will go a long way to improve your inside air quality. We are constantly exposed to dust, pollen, mold and mildews and various other allergens. Fortunately our immune systems are generally ready to handle this. However sometimes we can get overwhelmed or develop allergic responses. Cleaner inside air should be a big help in minimizing such issues.