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HVAC FAQ’s To Keep Your Home’s Air Fresh This New Year

Start your new year off on a good note, by making sure your home has the freshest air possible. In addition to the usual suspects of pet dander, mold, and dust mites, there are hidden toxic air particles you may not even know about. These HVAC FAQ’s are here to shed some light and ensure you and your HVAC system are prepared for success this upcoming year.

Take Charge of Improving Air Quality With These Tips

improving air qualityThere are many ways a homeowner can work toward improving air quality in their home. Proper ventilation is a great way to ensure fresh airflow throughout your home. Even in the cold winter months, it’s important to open up doors or windows to allow stagnant air out and fresh air to flow in.

If you live in a crowded city with a lot of pollution, try to time this when there’s less traffic on the roads. An alternative route is to install a trickle vent. These are often installed in kitchens, and they allow fresh air in from outside after going through a filter. Since cooking can release things into the air, this is an optimal place in your home for extra ventilation.

One hidden danger of toxic air particles comes from exposure to the synthetic fragrances in household cleaners, detergents, dryer sheets, and air fresheners. Many fragrances on the market are derived from petroleum and can contain toxic phthalates, which are used to soften plastic. Most products have not been tested for safety and many that have been tested raised concern.

Look for unscented cleaners or products with natural fragrance for improving air quality in your home. A dehumidifier installation may also come in handy to prohibit mold spore growth if you have a particularly damp area of your home. These machines remove excess humidity from the air, leaving your home much less likely to develop mold spores. Ensuring not to over-water indoor house plants will also keep mold to a minimum.

How & Why To Keep Up With Changing Air Filters

Changing air filters regularly will keep your HVAC system running smoothly, but also keep your air cleaner. The filters are made of spun fiberglass or pleated paper cloth that are housed in a cardboard frame. These filters play a big role in keeping your air fresh and keeping your system running without a hitch. The system sucks in air, which is then pushed through the fiberglass or cloth, trapping any unsavory air particles. This allows for clean air to be redistributed into your home.

changing air filters

It is recommended that homeowners check air filters once per month. You will know if it needs to be changed by holding it up to a light. If you can’t see light through the fiberglass or fabric part of the filter, it’s time to be changed. If a dirty air filter is left in for too long it is possible for your HVAC system to suffer. Not only will your air be more polluted, but the buildup can cause your system to malfunction or become damaged due to reduced airflow causing fans to work harder.

Why Routine Air Duct Cleaning Keeps Your Air Fresh

air duct cleaningOver the years, dust and grime build up in your air ducts making your system work harder and less efficiently. Since homes are made as air-tight as possible to help regulate temperature, it’s especially important to ensure fresh air is circulating in your home.

In order to restore your system to its former glory, you’ll want to schedule an air duct cleaning. During this service, technicians will clean out all of the gunk that’s settled in your air ducts, resulting in cleaner air in your home and a lower electric bill since your system won’t need to work as hard to keep a steady temperature.

Regular cleaning will also make sure your HVAC system stays in excellent condition. Air duct cleaning should be performed every 3-5 years minimum, depending on how often you change your air filters and the air quality of your home.

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