How Your Heating System Affects Your Health
During the winter months, we spend the majority of our time indoors. We want to be warm and comfortable, don't we?
Well you might be surprised to learn that the air quality indoors is often worse than it is outdoors! Especially in the winter months, we are recirculating a lot of the pollutants and allergens inside of our homes. Like we have mentioned many times before, it's important to change your furnace filter regularly.
At a minimum you should be changing it four times per year- at the beginning of every season. However, we recommend for your filter to be changed at least once per month. This helps your system capture pollutants and allergens that are floating around in your air.
It's extremely important to change your furnace filter once per month especially if you have pets. Additionally, people who suffer from allergies or compromised immune systems (such as the elderly or children) also benefit from a filter that is changed regularly. To help keep track of when you need to change your filter, set a reminder for yourself on your phone or write it in on your calendar. It's also important to be mindful of your ductwork. Don't forget that all of the air circulated within your home travels through your ductwork. We have seen and cleaned all kinds of unimaginable things from home duct work.... imagine dead animals, feces, and mold!! That's just the tip of the iceberg... Consider having duct cleaning performed by professionals. During the winter months, it is especially important to think about things such as cleaners and air fresheners. The chemicals found in these things are in the air you breathe! Be mindful of the kinds of things you are bringing into your home. We also recommend cleaning fans and other hard to reach areas as part of your Fall cleaning checklist. The dust and pollutants that sit on these surfaces will be circulated throughout your air. Download our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Here Last but not least, we cannot stress enough the importance of scheduling a Fall Maintenance Visit for your HVAC system. A certified HVAC technician should come to your home twice per year- during the Spring and Fall. They will professional inspect, clean, and test all of your HVAC equipment. Their visit will ensure you are getting the maximum efficiency out of your system. This also means you will enjoy savings on your utility bills- because your system will be performing to the best of its ability. The technician will also inspect and test your system to make sure your family is safe and that they do not foresee any problems with your system. It's nice to pinpoint small problems and fix them before they become expensive repair bills. Schedule your Maintenance visit today- someone from our team would be happy to help you prolong the life of your HVAC system and enjoy maximum energy savings! 937-439-4696 If you'd like to receive our monthly newsletter with new specials & helpful home maintenance tips, or download our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist, you can sign up for our mailing list here.