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When most people think of HVAC systems they think of the machine in a closet that warms and cools the air in their home. Most of them don’t give their in-home air quality much thought.
What they don’t realize is that an improperly maintained system could be pumping dust, pet dander, pollen and other types of pollutants into the air in their home.
Everyone hates dusting
If you happen to know someone who says they don’t mind dusting, that person may be pulling your leg. Everyone hates dusting—especially when it needs to be done more than once a week.
If you have dust problems the first thing you should do involves checking your HVAC filters. The filter should be checked at least once a month and it should be changed as soon as it starts to look dirty. (If you live in a very dusty area or you have a household with multiple pets, you may want to check your filters twice a month.)
Filters will work to take the excess dust out of the air in your house, but if the filters are clogged, they won’t be able to do this job properly.
It’s also worth noting that not all filters are created the same. For example, filters with a higher MERV rating will do a better job at filtering the air in your home. However, you’ll want to make sure you don’t wind up buying a HEPA filter, since these generally aren’t rated for in-home HVAC systems. (HEPA filters are mostly used to filter air in sterile environments, such as hospitals, and if you install one in a system that’s not rated for one, this could place too much strain on your HVAC.)
When you’re checking your filters, be sure to make sure there is a tight seal around all its sides. If the seal isn’t tight, unfiltered air (and dust) may leak through.
Humidifiers can help
If you live in a household that has especially dry air, you may find yourself dealing with more of a dust problem than a person who lives in a more humid home.
Dust will often flow freely through dry air! On the other hand, if the air in your home is more humid, the dust will not only settle faster, there’s a greater chance it will get trapped by your HVAC filter.
The best weapon for dry air (and the dust problems that accompany it) is a whole-home humidifier.
Have questions? Call Redline Heating today
The heating and cooling experts at Redline Heating have years of experience in helping homeowners in Loveland, Colorado with all of their central air and central heating needs.
If you have questions as to whether your HVAC is adding dust to the air of your home, or if you’d like information about how you can use your HVAC to remove things like pollen, pet dander, bacteria and mold spores from the air in your home, we can help. Call us today at (970) 663-6575 to get started.