Each family needs to pay attention to the internal air quality as it not only affects the lungs, but the HVAC system also.
When we talk about air quality, most homeowners think about the quality of outdoor air. However, you might be surprised to know that the air inside your home can be far more polluted than the outside air. In fact, the levels of pollutants in the internal air can be up to 100 times higher than in the outside air.
In your home, the HVAC system is the first line of defense against pollutants such as dander, pollen, dust, smoke, and mold spores. It is important to understand the link between the HVAC system and internal air quality as it can help keep your home safe for you and your family.
HVAC Maintenance Improves Indoor Air Quality
Approximately 70 percent of internal air quality problems can be linked to the heating and cooling system of your home. The better the HVAC system is maintained, the better the internal air quality. HVAC experts recommend that by taking special care of some key areas of the HVAC system, a homeowner can improve internal air quality considerably.
- Complete system maintenance: Inspect the HVAC system twice a year. Have a professional HVAC company to conduct routine maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer. During the maintenance, the technician will change the air filters, inspect the air ducts, and clean the blower fan. This not only prevents any air quality issues but also increases the efficiency and life span of the HVAC system.
- Check the air ducts: Cleaning of air ducts should be carried out by professionals every 2 years or less depending on the air quality. Cleaning will remove the dirt, dust, mildew, or mold that build up over time. If you live in an area with high humidity, consider using a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth.
- Change the air filters: The air filter of your HVAC system is the first line of defense against air borne pollutants. Clean the air filters regularly and replace them at appropriate intervals. HVAC experts recommend the use of HEPA filters or an air purifier to rid the air of even the minutest of pollutants.
- Clean the condensate drains: Prevent bacterial and fungal growth by keeping the drip pans and condensate drains clean.
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These small steps will improve your home’s internal air quality and make your home safe for your family. For a professional HVAC inspection and maintenance, call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998.