Most homeowners in Camden Point, Dearborn, and other areas around Kansas City know that good indoor air quality is important, particularly for those who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. However, what you may not be aware of is that good indoor air quality also benefits your HVAC system!
While it would make sense to believe that the air inside your home is cleaner than the air outdoors, this is generally not the case. If members of your family suffer from fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms, it could be a sign that the air inside your home is unhealthy. Most of us run our air conditioners in summer months, and heaters in winter months without giving it much thought, other than perhaps to change the filter occasionally.
Indoor Air Quality
Here is an interesting fact: According to experts, more than 70% of indoor air quality problems can be attributed to how your heating/cooling system is operated and maintained! To help your family enjoy better health and cleaner indoor air, it’s important to know how the air inside your home affects your HVAC system.
Moisture, humidity, dust, pet dander, bacteria, dirt – all of these things can affect how your heating/cooling system operates, and how efficient it is at cleaning the air inside your home. Often times, duct systems become built up with dirt, dust, even contaminants such as rodent droppings. Mold and bacteria may also develop when conditions are moist or humid. Because the duct work delivers conditioned air into the interior of your home, you can just imagine the contaminants, fungi, and other airborne particles that may be floating around in your air!
What can you do to ensure the cleanest possible air inside your Kansas City home in terms of your HVAC system?
- Replace the air filter every month, using an air filter with a MERV value of 11 or more. MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting value. These filters are capable of removing smaller particles from the air, versus cheap filters that can only protect against larger particles.
- Have your heating/air system cleaned by a professional on a regular basis. Having your HVAC system maintained once or twice each year will help prevent build-up of dust, dirt, and allergens.
- Consider having a UV lamp installed within your system. Ultraviolet light is effective in neutralizing the growth of many types of bacteria and viruses.
- Cleaner indoor air helps your HVAC system work more efficiently, reduces repairs, and can help your equipment last longer, meaning less expense in terms of repairs or replacement.
Need more tips on indoor air quality? Call the experts at Schomburg Heating & Cooling today! We are the Kansas City heating and cooling professionals who truly care about your air.