How often should I have routine maintenance performed?
Preventative maintenance can be easily overlooked! Industry professionals suggest calling in trained HVAC technicians twice a year to perform regularly scheduled maintenance on your system. Ideally, you will have a professional service your system before summer and winter, so it will be in prime shape to cool or heat your space.
How often do I need to replace my HVAC system?
Believe it or not, A/C units and furnaces actually have shelf lives. The average life of an A/C unit is about 10 years while the average life of a good boiler or heating unit is about 15 years. Continuing to operate them beyond their capabilities is oftentimes costly, and risky. Malfunctioning units may cause degradation or contamination of the air inside the home.
Replacing a failing air conditioning unit while keeping an old furnace, or vice versa, can be more expensive in the long run than buying them as a pair in a complimentary system. Also, purchasing an entire HVAC system requires only one installation visit. Be sure to ask about rebates for energy efficient systems when you call an HVAC company specialist.
What can I do to improve my home indoor air quality?
Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. Put a large floor mat at every door. People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home.
How often should I replace my filters?
This is not a trick; simply put – when your air filters are dirty, change them. Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:
- Type of filter your A/C system requires
- The overall air quality of your your city area home
- Pets – Birds, cats, dogs, hamsters (do you have one?), etc.
- Number of occupants in the house
- General air pollution in the your city area or construction taking place nearby
How do I know if I have poor air quality?
How do you know if you should be concerned about your indoor air quality? Look for these common warning signs that may indicate you have indoor air pollutants:
- You feel sick at home and better when you’re away.
- You’ve noticed problems, even just extra dirt, around heating or cooling units.
- Air doesn’t seem to be circulating properly in the house.
- You spot mold in your home.
- Your indoor air is humid, resulting in condensation.
- There’s been damage to a chimney or flue.
- Your home’s construction is too tight.
- You’ve noticed changes in your health after renovating or remodeling.
- The air in your home always smells old or stuffy.
- There’s an odor in the air that you can’t get rid of.
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