Improving the Air Quality in Your Home by Keeping Your HVAC System Properly Maintained
Your HVAC system is the central hub for all of the air circulating in your house. While most people believe HVAC systems only heat and cool the air, they also have a massive impact on the air quality within your home. Under the best circumstances, your HVAC system provides your home with clean air that is regularly circulated to create the healthiest environment possible for you and your family. However, when an HVAC system is poorly maintained, it has the exact opposite effect. Here is everything you need to know in order to understand why regular maintenance is important to improving the air quality within your home.
Clean Air Filters Provide Strong Defense
The air filter is one of the most important parts of any HVAC system. Not having a clean air filter not only causes functionality issues, but it also creates low air quality in your home.
High-quality and clean air filters remove dust, pollen, mold spores, dander, bacteria, and much more from the air. Dirty air filters can’t provide effective filtration to remove most of these substances. Airflow is also impeded greatly when the air filter is dirty, allowing much of the air to become stagnant. You need to have the air filter changed about every three months to ensure that it is providing proper filtration and smooth airflow for your home.
Clean Ducts Keep Filth Out of the Air
Even if you ensure that your air filter is changed out regularly, it won’t mean much without clean ducts. Your air ducts trap a lot of dust, mold spores, hair, pollen, dander, and much more. These settle to the bottom and get kicked back up as air passes through the ducts. Air ducts require professional cleaning at least once every two years in order to keep the air as fresh and healthy as possible.
Blocking Out Insects and Other Pests
A poorly maintained HVAC unit is a hot spot for insect, rodent, and other pest activity. When HVAC units are not properly maintained, the seals around the vents and ducts crack and come apart, allowing these pests into your home. Dead bugs and rodent droppings can wind up in the air ducts and other parts of the system and begin circulating through the air when the unit is active. There are many health conditions that are exacerbated or caused by inhaling particles left behind by pests. In order to block out these particles from the air in your home as much as possible, ensure that the system gets regular maintenance and repairs to keep seals shut tight.
A properly functioning air conditioner actually reduces humidity in the home. Environments with high levels of humidity speed up the development of mold. They are also prime locations for bacteria and viruses to thrive. Those aggravate symptoms in people with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
When the humidity is too low, it dries out and cracks your skin, causes sore throats, itchy eyes, and nose bleeds. Just as with high humidity, it can cause severely elevated symptoms in people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions. A properly operating furnace serves to prevent low humidity.
Of course, in both scenarios, the equipment must function correctly. Routine maintenance assures that it does. Some HVAC systems have a humidifier or dehumidifier built in.
Keeping Air Purification Systems Highly Functional
Some HVAC systems are also equipped with air purification systems. These air purifiers thoroughly clean the air within your home to purge it of as much of the bacteria, dust, fumes from chemicals, and other harmful particulates as possible. Air purifiers do much more than simple air filters, but they need to be properly maintained in order to stay as efficient as possible. Without cleanings and tune-ups, your air purifier may suddenly fail and cause a drastic reduction in the level of air quality within your home.
Your HVAC system needs maintenance in order to circulate high-quality air within your home, and you can count on our skilled technicians at A-1 Heating Air Conditioning & Electric to provide you with the best service. In addition to maintenance on HVAC systems, we also handle their installation and repair. In addition, we offer a full line of electrical services, including electrical panels, wiring, EV charging stations, and much more. If you’d like to schedule an appointment anywhere in or around the areas of Meridian or McCall, ID, contact us at A-1 Heating Air Conditioning & Electric today.