Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units
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Maintaining Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units

Hello. My name is Max. My wife and I have five children who all live at with us in our large two-story house. My wife and two of our kids suffer from severe allergies which means keeping our home as dust-free as possible. I have learned that it’s crucial to keep our heating and air conditioning units properly maintained at all times. We have a fantastic HVAC company that comes out two times a year to perform routine maintenance on our system. They have taught me what I can do on a monthly basis in order to not only help with my family’s health but also keep our system running efficiently. I would like to share some of the tips I’ve been given. I hope you find this to be useful!

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Smoke In Your Home? Why You Need To Go Outside

Kristin Pierce

If you are a smoker and smoke cigarettes in your home, your secondhand smoke is dangerous for your family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1964, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers have died from health problems relating to secondhand smoke exposure. Secondhand smoke can also cause problems with other things in your home, including your HVAC unit and furnace. Keep reading, and the next time you want a smoke you will head outside.

HVAC Unit

Every time you take a puff on your cigarette, smoke not only gets into the air where you are, but also gets into your HVAC system. Once this happens, it travels through every room in your house. The harmful contaminants are then constantly recirculated, which means your family is breathing in secondhand smoke continuously throughout the day.

Over time, the constant recirculation of the smoke builds up chemicals, such as nicotine, inside your duct work, which leaves a sticky and oily residue. As other irritants, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust, pass through your ducts, they stick to the sticky residue and builds up. As the air from your HVAC system travels through the duct work, it picks up these irritants and chemicals, and circulates them throughout your home, which makes things even worse.

If you smell smoke each time your air comes on, then you likely have this build up in your duct work.

Oil Furnace

If you have an oil furnace to provide you with heat during the winter months, it also plays an important role in the summer conditioning and refreshing air that comes from your cooling system. This means it is working throughout the entire year. Because of this, you also need to make sure the filter from your oil furnace is cleaned, and if dirty, change it out with a new one.

Ask a heating and cooling contractor to install a filtration system on the furnace to remove airborne allergens. They can also tell you how often you need to replace the filter. If you have more questions about your furnace, talk to a company like Bay State Fuel Oil Inc.

Cleaning Ductwork

You should hire an HVAC contractor to come to your home to clean your ductwork for you. This cleaning will remove the buildup of these chemicals and irritants. When the contractor is finished cleaning the ducts, they will then sanitize them to ensure they are completely clean. This will also kill any odors or bacteria left behind.

This is not a DIY job, as you likely do not have the tools that are needed. Some of these tools include a high powered vacuum and rotary brushes. If you have nonmetal ducts, you could tear the walls or dislodge connections, which would result in high repair bills.

Don't forget about your air filter, as it can circulate irritants throughout your home if it is dirty. Ask the HVAC contractor about the best type of filter you should use, as there are different types to choose from. Some of these types include fiberglass, polyester and pleated, and washable filters. There are also air filters that work well for people that have allergies.


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