As the weather begins to improve, many households start to spring clean and de-clutter their home in time for summer. Along with the ordinary tasks such as cleaning windows, emptying cupboards and closets and clearing out the attic or basement, there are several home maintenance duties that should be performed to keep your home in perfect working order. One of the most important parts of your home is your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC). As most systems require little to no maintenance, many people tend to overlook this job when organizing their home. A faulty or neglected HVAC system can lead to expensive repair bills later on and may even put you and your family’s health in danger.
Improve Your Health
Air conditioners work by sucking in air from your home and cooling it using a system of fans, coils and compressors. As the air travels through the heating and cooling ducts, it can deposit small amounts of moisture along the way. In hot or humid weather, this moisture can quickly lead to mold and mildew growth that can penetrate throughout your entire home. As the cooled air is pumped back into your home, it is contaminated with mold spores that can cause wheezing, rash, runny nose, sore throat, cough and watery eyes. Long-term exposure to toxic mold can lead to serious respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia that can be fatal among young children and the elderly.
Save Money on Your Energy Bill
According to Home Energy Pros, a clean and well-maintained HVAC system can even save you money on your energy bill. Contaminants such as dust, debris and moisture can affect how well your HVAC system works. If the fan on your unit is clogged with grime or the filters on your ducts have never been changed, then the system will have to use more energy to heat and cool your home. A clean HVAC system that is free from mold and contaminants will not only spend less energy, it will also last much longer meaning you will not have to spend thousands of dollars replacing the entire system.
How to Clean Your HVAC System
Cleaning a HVAC system is a complicated task that requires a professional heating and cooling contractor. Many companies such as Van’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning can clean your entire system in just one hour without any major disturbance to your home. However, there are certain maintenance tasks you can perform yourself. Most systems have removable covers that allow you to remove and replace the filters and clean the inside of the unit using a moist cloth. If you think that the airflow from your ducts is less than usual, then it is important to seek the advice of a professional immediately as this may be a sign of a more serious problem.
Even if you rarely use your HVAC system it is still important to get it cleaned and checked on a regular basis. If you have just moved into a new property, then performing a complete HVAC system cleaning is one of the first tasks you should perform regardless of the age of your house. Toxic mold that often hides in damp places such as air conditioners can be fatal, so checking your system on a regular basis is vital to protect your health.