With the pandemic taking its toll on everyone’s safety and well-being, staying at home is the best way to take part in the solution. But how sure are you that you are most safe in the comfort of your home?
At the height of restrictions in late March and early April of this year, more than 310 million Americans were under directives ranging from “shelter in place” to “stay at home.” And to this day, many still choose to stay and work from home. It is necessary to reevaluate your home and consider changes to ensure you only serve safety to you and your family, including checking your indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality applies to the air quality within and around a particular space, especially as it concerns the occupants’ health and comfort. Many factors affect your home’s air quality, but most that impact it is your HVAC system. In what way? A well-designed HVAC system does more than pumping cold and hot air into your home. It maintains a consistent temperature to contribute to healthy indoor air quality.
When you neglect routine HVAC maintenance, pollutants can get trapped inside your equipment and ductwork. Your indoor air quality problems can be severe if failed; HVAC maintenance often results in moisture problems. Moisture can be a leading cause of dangerous mold growth and mildew and sparks bacteria and viruses.
There are few and effective ways to improve your home’s air quality by simply maintaining your heating and cooling system. We are gladly here to help you through the process. You can do the following:
Prioritize annual maintenance
Preventive maintenance is essential to keep your HVAC system running at top efficiency all season without surprise breakdowns. You rarely see your HVAC system, so it’s easy to forget and neglect it. No matter how expensive the system is, a complicated piece of mechanical equipment is never exempted from failures now and then.
During the year, your system experiences wear and tear, excess dirt and debris, and possibly damaged components. One of the things you should be aware of is that a broken heat exchanger. It can lead to a deadly carbon monoxide (CO) leak if left unrepaired. Carbon monoxide can be fatal and, because it’s odorless, you may not even know they have a problem until it’s too late.
You can reduce the incidence of repairs by keeping on top of annual maintenance. Our well-trained technicians at Blue Sky Heating and Air, LLC will provide your unit with the utmost care by inspecting for signs of stress, testing and replacing worn components, and applying lubrication when necessary.
Check and replace air filters
No matter the application, standard air filters all work similarly. This filter acts as a sieve to capture particles air flows through it. The filter media’s fibers create a tortuous passage to airflow. Particles that are larger than the sieve holes get caught in the media or on the surface, preventing exhaust into the clean airstream.
These dirt and debris buildups can overwork your equipment and result in poor performance in delivering your ideal temperature. Pollen, pet dander, and mold can pollute your home and compromise your indoor air quality if not properly eliminated.
As a general rule, you’ll want to replace pleated air filters and furnace filters in your home every ninety days. The longer the filter is in your system, the more dirt and dust are clogging the filter.
You have no idea how to replace and where to locate your air filter? You can call us any time for assistance.
Air duct cleaning
Though air duct cleaning may not be part of regular maintenance, if neglecting your system becomes a norm, you may want to inspect your ducts because they could be dust or moldy and impact your indoor air quality.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues. There could be harboring contaminants that could cause severe problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders, or environmental allergies.