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The Top HVAC FAQ’s for You

The new year is here, and it’s important to start right. Keeping your home running in top condition is critical as you transition from the holiday season back to the regular pace of life. While you may not be running your air conditioner much these months, you are running your heat, and it’s just as crucial that you continue to maintain it along with maintaining good air quality. The following are essential steps you should take now to maintain your system and running all season long.

Steps for Improving Air Quality

One of the best things you can do to keep your HVAC system working smoothly is by improving the air quality in your home. There are numerous ways you can do this, and the cleaner your air, the less your HVAC system will have to work at cleaning the air that circulates through your home.

improving air qualitySo what can you do?
  • Vacuum carpets a minimum of once a week with a HEPA filter equipped vacuum. This will help pick up allergens and dust and keep them out of your air.
  • Purchase an air purifier. While your HVAC system does have a filter, a dedicated air purifier will remove pet dander, allergens, dust, and spores from your air. Whole-house air purifiers are relatively inexpensive and worth the investment.
  • Open your windows to let fresh air in from time to time. Circulating the air in your house with fresh air from the outside will help improve the quality of the air you breathe.

The Importance of Changing Air Filters

Your HVAC system is equipped with air filters. If you have a single-story unit, you likely have one air filter in your HVAC unit itself. Two-story houses often have a second filter in the vent work in the second story. Both of these filters are vital for keeping the air in your home clean and free of dust and allergens.

changing air filters

Every time air circulates through your house, mold, dirt, and allergens in the air will get sucked into the filter and trapped. This continues for the life of your filter. It’s essential to change your air filter every one to three months. Around the three-month mark, air filters will be so clogged with dust and mold from the air that they won’t be able to filter as effectively any longer. Leaving filters in longer than three months will reduce the effectiveness of the filter and increase the number of allergens and dust in the air.

Do You Need Air Duct Cleaning?

air duct leaningIf you want to keep your home as allergen and dust-free as possible, getting your air duct cleaned is essential. All the air in your house circulates through ductwork. Over time, dust, mold, and dander can build up inside the ducting. When the air flows through your home, it will pick up on dirt and other debris in your ductwork and you’ll breathe it.

Cleaning your ductwork will clear the house of the source of allergens. It’s recommended that you have your ducts cleaned every two to five years, the more frequent being if someone in your house has allergies or breathing issues.

The AC Company You Can Trust

Chad’s AC Direct serves the Montgomery, Alabama area for all heating and air conditioning needs. With Chad’s AC Direct, you’ll receive personal attention, the promise of full transparency and up-front prices, and the best value for your heating and AC needs.