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5 Tips for Cleaner Air in Your Home

5 Tips for Cleaner Air in Your Home

When was the last time you vacuumed your HVAC vents or checked the ductwork? No matter how spotless your home may seem, dirty HVAC ducts will do their best to undo your hard work. Between better smelling air, fewer allergens, and a cleaner living environment, knowing how to keep your HVAC system clean is not an option.

But if you find that you still need help managing the dust in your home, WestMaids cleaning services can help!

Clean the ducts and vents

When was the last time you took a good look at your HVAC ducts? If you’re like most people, probably never. If you’re a little more thorough in your cleaning than most, then your registers might look pretty spotless. But what about the ducting behind those registers? No matter how often you dust, if your HVAC ducts are full of dust, your hard work will always go down the drain as soon as the furnace or AC turns on again. Fortunately, this is something you can do yourself:

Watch out for pet hair

If you have a pet — especially a dog with long hair — there’s going to be more hair, dirt, and debris in the air. More debris means more work for your HVAC, as well as more potential for malfunction. Vacuum on a regular basis to keep the inside as clean as possible and to prevent that hair and dirt from getting inside your ducting, which will also  require more frequent cleaning and maintenance.

Replace the air filter often

The air filter may be just one part of the whole, but it’s an awfully important one. A dirty or clogged air filter doesn’t do its job to filter dirt and debris out of the air as it should. Air filter dirt also causes the system to have to work harder to do its job — driving up your utility bill. Check the filter often, especially if you have pets or live in a drier climate where dust accumulates faster. If you find yourself depending on room fresheners to keep your home smelling pleasant, you might want to think about the last time you replaced your air filter.

Check insulation

Examine the insulation around the system regularly, and replace or enhance the insulation where needed. A poorly insulated HVAC system reduces efficiency and can make your home uncomfortably hot or cold. Note that insulating ducts in your basement will make your basement colder, which can freeze water pipes and drains if the basement itself isn’t insulated either.

Maintain the unit itself

Don’t forget about the HVAC unit itself. HVAC units also need seasonal maintenance that you can do yourself.  During summer, make sure to keep the unit clean, with no debris around it. The air can’t escape like it needs to if the unit is covered by yard furniture, branches, or weeds. This will in turn cause your electric bill to go up because more power is being used to do same amount of work. Winter AC maintenance includes foam pipe covers and covering it with a waterproof AC cover. Note that professionals should be hired to come in and inspect/repair your unit on a regular basis.

Resources for further reading:

Green Building Advisor
CCAS Heating and AC Repair and Installation
Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford

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