Here in the greater Phoenix metro area, there are plenty of pollutants, as well as dust, in the air which ultimately filters into our homes. These irritants are then circulated through our HVAC system, posing health risks to those with compromised immune systems, allergies and asthma. During the winter, indoor air quality issues are compounded when we keep windows and doors shut. This is why it’s important to start your annual spring cleaning by focusing on your HVAC system.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
Many individuals are surprised to learn that indoor air is typically more polluted than that outside. A wide range of pollutants are found inside most homes in higher concentrations because air flow is diminished. These include biological contaminants like mold, bacteria and viruses, as well as gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are found in furniture, cleaning products and paint.
Let’s Get Cleaning!
Improving indoor air quality requires reducing the presence of contaminates through proper ventilation and air circulation while ensuring a properly-functioning HVAC system. Here’s how to do it:
- Clear Debris from Outside Units – With winter storms over, it’s a good time to remove any debris that has collected around your HVAC unit. If it looks like there is debris inside the unit, it’s recommended that you call a professional HVAC contractor for cleaning.
- Change HVAC Air Filters – When was the last time you changed your air filters? Dust, dirt and pet dander gathers quickly in a filter, especially when a house is sealed during winter months. Clean filters not only improve air flow and improve the efficiency of your system, they can dramatically improve indoor air quality.
- Check Condensation Lines and Drain – This standard HVAC maintenance task can prevent clogs and backups that impact your air quality and the function of your entire system.
- Schedule A Maintenance Check – Kick off the warmer months by getting your system inspected and tuned-up. Not only will you save yourself the potential headache of a system failure on a hot summer day, you’ll improve air quality and increase the efficiency of your system, saving you money!
Breathe easier by calling Chandler Air today to schedule your spring preventative maintenance on your HVAC system.