It’s not a surprise that most homeowners care about the quality of air that’s being distributed throughout their house. With as many pollutants as there are outdoors, it’s nice to know that the air that you’re breathing in at home is free of allergens, dust, and other pollutants. The way that your home is able to provide you with a higher quality of air is through your HVAC system that filters air before pushing it out into the house.
In today’s blog post, the team at AA Temperature Services in Punta Gorda is going to go over a few of the different ways that your HVAC system affects the air quality in your home. Let’s dive in.
Effectiveness of Your HVAC System
An HVAC system is designed to push warm and cool air out into your home, but the quality of that air has always played a factor in the design of this system. Your HVAC system is designed to filter air that it’s sucking in and clean it of the pollutants before pushing this air throughout the house. With that being said, if your HVAC system is not working properly, is outdated, or has a serious repair that needs to be made, then you’re probably not enjoying the highest quality of air within your home. To change that, stay on top of your system to ensure it is effective and working as intended.
One of the best ways to stay on top of the effectiveness of our HVAC system is by prioritizing the routine maintenance that it needs to work effectively.
Change out Filters
A huge factor in the quality of air that’s being distributed in your house is the condition of your air filter. This filter is what catches any pollutants, allergens, and dust that the air is carrying and keeps them from being spread throughout your house. Understanding that this is how the air filter works, it makes sense that air quality would drop when the filter is dirty and is not replaced frequently.
When it comes to air filters, the rule of thumb is to replace them every six months. This is for the standard household that doesn’t have any additional factors contributing to the quality of air. If, however, you live on a dirt road, have pets that live indoors, or you have a large quantity of people living in the house, we would suggest changing the filter more frequently. These factors can fill a filter much quicker!
Dirty Air Ducts
The filter isn’t the only part of your HVAC system that contributes to the quality of air that you’re getting in your home. Your air ducts — the hardware that actually distributes this air — also play a significant role in the quality of air that you’re enjoying. While they don’t need to be cleaned nearly as often, you do want to pay some mind to how frequently you’re taking this part of your HVAC system into consideration.
While a filter can catch quite a bit of the allergens and pollutants that the air is carrying, there are some that will still make their way through. When these pollutants are traveling in the air ducts, they can get stuck to the side or on some built up dust. Over time, this build up can affect the quality of air that your HVAC system is pumping out — even though the air is being filtered! So, if you’ve noticed that the quality of air has dropped but you’ve changed the filter and the system seems to be working well, it may be time to consider having your HVAC air ducts cleaned out.
This is something that, as we mentioned earlier, households on dirt roads or with pets will need to be aware of. Because there are pollutants that are inevitably in the household, the chances of buildup in the air ducts is more likely than in households without these factors.
Trust AA Temperature Services
When you’re in need of high-quality HVAC repair and maintenance services in Punta Gorda, you can count on the team at AA Temperature Services. We fully understand how important it is to have quality air distributed in your house and want to ensure that your HVAC system continues to do just that. Contact our office today and we would be more than happy to answer any questions or schedule an appointment for one of our HVAC technicians to work on your system.