HVAC systems can look and sound great on the outside, but due to the nature of the machines, they can be home to health problems if not cleaned and maintained properly. In this blog, we will share with you some things that love to hide out in your filter, ducts, and equipment components. We will also discuss what happens when an HVAC system is neglected for a long period of time.
So, what fun things can hide out in your HVAC system?
- Bacteria – Once bacteria gets into your HVAC system, your cooling ductwork will give it momentum and carry it to other parts of the house. Having your air ducts cleaned will help prevent the spread of bacteria in your home.
- Chemicals – There are many products used by homeowners that are released into the air and can be caught in the HVAC system. These products include paint, carpet, cleaning supplies, pesticides, and smoke. These chemicals in low concentrations are not overly harmful, but when used in large quantities it may require having your HVAC system cleaned so the chemicals don’t stay in the air due to poor ventilation.
- Pet Dander and Dust Mites – Pets are wonderful, but they are known to leave behind pet dander. If pet dander is stuck in your system, it can be problematic for those who are allergic. Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed off dust. Dust mites tend to thrive in warm and humid environments, making your ductwork the perfect environment for them. When you change your air filters regularly, pet dander is less likely to build up. Similarly, having your ductwork cleaned often will lessen the number of dust mites in your air ducts.
- Mold – Most contaminants don’t like humidity, but mold thrives in it. When your AC does not remove water as it should, it creates the perfect condition for mold to grow. Mold in homes can become dangerous for children, the elderly, and those with asthma. Regular HVAC system cleanings will help keep your ventilation clean and your home mold-free.
Now that you know how important it is to maintain and clean your HVAC system, how often should it be done?
Full System- It’s recommended that you get your HVAC system cleaned and the maintenance conducted once a year, no matter what type of system you have. This includes cleaning and changing out your HVAC’s air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils.
Air Ducts- It’s recommended that you have your air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
Air Filters- You can change your air conditioner filters as often as every three weeks if you have pets, or as little as six months if you don’t use your air conditioner often.
Let us help you conduct your HVAC maintenance. Whether you need a full system cleaning, your air ducts cleaned, or help to change the air filters, we do it all. Contact us at 812-389-8480 to schedule today.