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!
The wintertime will tend to bring more coughs and sniffles than other times of the year due to the cold weather and the passing around of cold germs. One of the best ways to protect your family is to make sure that your house is ready for wintertime weather. This can come with a heavy-duty cleaning of some of the systems in your home. Use these three cleaning methods to make sure that your home is allergy and cold-resistant during long winters.
Have your air ducts cleaned out
Dirty air ducts can be a major source of allergy issues. During the summer and fall, your air ducts may collect pollen and other substances that can kick up allergies during the wintertime. If the air ducts are not cleaned out, your family may begin to experience an itchy throat, runny nose, and watering eyes. At first, these may seem like cold or flu symptoms however they may be due to buildup in your HVAC system. Have an air duct cleaning service come and flush out the air ducts in your home to make sure they are free from dust and dirt. This will increase the air quality and overall cleanliness of your home.
Change the HVAC filters immediately
With the change in season should come a change in air conditioning filters. The filter tends to catch a lot of different molecules on the surface and using a dirty filter will make it more difficult to successfully run your heating and air conditioning unit. The good thing about HVAC filters is that they are easily affordable, so changing them out every season is simple and affordable. Te best time to have your filter changed is when you have duct cleaning performed, to restart the system on a clean slate.
Dust around the HVAC vents
Any ducts that you have on your home, including on the floor or ceiling, become havens for dust and dirt to attract. If grime from outside due to windows not being properly insulated gets into your home, you will find yourself with a dirty HVAC system sooner rather than later. Take the time to dust around and on your HVAC ducts in your home every other day. If you have ceiling fans or space heaters, make sure that these are dusted during this time as well so that germs are not spread while running any of these home comfort items.