Your Rex, Georgia, home’s HVAC system does much more than keep you comfortable. A well-maintained HVAC system reduces airborne allergens, which is essential if you suffer from allergies or asthma. Taking care of your HVAC system can also improve humidity control, another factor that’s crucial to your health. Here’s a closer look at the various ways a neglected HVAC system impacts your health.
Dirty ductwork compromises your home’s indoor air quality. The air produced by the HVAC system flows through the ductwork before it’s distributed into rooms. As it travels, it mixes with dust and dirt in the ducts. This is why it’s so important to have an HVAC contractor clean the ductwork on a regular basis.
If you have indoor pets, there’s a good chance pet dander collects in the ductwork along with the dust and dirt. This can severely aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. If you notice your allergy or asthma symptoms are worse at home, you should have your ductwork inspected. You may also want to consider upgrading to a ductless system.
Clogged Air Filter
An air filter that’s too dirty can’t effectively remove indoor allergens. To ensure the filter can perform at its fullest potential, it’s best to change it at least once a month. Filters with high MERV ratings have finer filtration and perform exceptionally well at removing even the smallest of contaminants. These filters are highly recommended in homes where allergy and asthma sufferers reside.
However, filters with higher MERV ratings need to be changed more often that filters with lower MERV ratings. If your filter has a high MERV rating, you should change it at least every three months so your system doesn’t restrict airflow. This can reduce efficiency or damage your system.
Poor Humidity Control
The ideal humidity level for a home is around 45 percent. During the cooling season, it’s not unlikely for humidity levels to increase. As excess humidity flows through walls and ceilings, it can damage insulation and cause your paint to peel. It can also cause rotting in woodwork. Fortunately, an HVAC system can help with this problem, but only if it’s well-maintained. Some HVAC systems even have built-in dehumidifiers and humidifiers.
Since the HVAC system plays such a large role in your health, it’s important to have it serviced regularly. Contact our team at Corbin Comfort Systems at 404-461-9796 to schedule an HVAC maintenance visit.
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