HVAC Maintenance You Need To Stop Sneezing And Coughing In Your House

Posted on: 1 September 2015

If you feel like the air in your home is dirty and you are always sneezing or coughing, it's time to schedule HVAC maintenance on your air conditioner and furnace. You also want to have your ducts cleaned. There are so many things that could be trapped in your appliances and ventilation system, and some of them could be causing safety concerns throughout the home. Here are a few reasons you must get these appliances inspected.    

Dust and Allergens

Cleaning the filters and removing all of the accumulated dust, lint, dander, and hair throughout the house is going to help pull some of the allergens out of the air. This can help prevent irritation and asthma problems, and it improves the overall quality of air in your living space. You may also want to add an air purification system.

Fire Safety

A poorly maintained furnace because a fire safety hazard, and puts your home at the risk of a house fire. It's important for the HVAC team to check the gas lines, the internal components, and the filter to make sure the house isn't near experiencing a fire.  Fifty percent of furnace related fires happen in December, January, and February, so it's important to get the furnace cleaned in the fall.

Insect Problems

The air conditioner could be a breeding ground for insects like fruit flies, and needs to be cleaned annually to prevent the insects from hatching and flying into the home. Cleaning the filter and giving the machine a tune-up will prevent condensation and moisture that attracts the fruit flies.

Mold Concerns

If your furnace is sucking up moist air, or if the air conditioner is pushing condensation through the ducts, mold can become a problem in the ducts and ventilation system.  The mold can spread throughout the house and cause respiratory problems, and will need to be removed.

Cleaning the appliances and getting them tuned up shouldn't just help make the air cleaner, but it should improve the flow of air throughout the house, which can improve energy efficiency. Talk with some HVAC experts (such as those from Chappel's Heating & Cooling) to see how often they should come to clean your appliances and the ducts, and to see how you can prevent dust and pollutants with a humidifier, dehumidifier, and air filtration systems. The cleaner your air, the less time you'll spend blowing your nose, sneezing and coughing while you're trying to enjoy your home.