23 Dec Maintain a Healthy Heating System This Winter
With winter starting in earnest, it’s important that you understand one of the most critical aspects of maintaining a healthy heating system: air quality. Winter can be particularly nasty for air quality because your system burns off accumulated dust, you shut doors and windows up tight against the cold, and moisture encourages molds and other nasty problems. To help you understand how air quality effects you and your heating system, and what you can do about it, we’ve put together a brief guide.
Poor air quality
Winter brings poor air quality as a natural consequence, but what does that mean? First and foremost, it’s bad for the health of everyone in your home—at the very least, it means runny noses, itchy eyes, and irritating coughs. If anyone has a respiratory condition, it could be worse.
Secondly, it’s bad for every piece of machinery and electronic device in your home, because dust and dirt accumulate and reduce efficiency and increase wear and tear from heat and friction. This includes your HVAC system—this is one reason cleaning your ducts and changing your air filters is so important for generally healthy systems.
So what’s the solution? Well, part of it is to keep up with your normal good HVAC maintenance habits: clean your filters, clean your ducts, and keep an eye out for dust accumulation and similar problems. Beyond that, you’ll also want to make sure you’re getting good ventilation in your home, even as you seal your home for the winter. If those two steps aren’t doing enough, you’ll want to consider directly tackling the problem, with better filters on your HVAC system or independent air purification devices and systems.
The best solution depends on what particular problems you’re seeing and how far you’re willing to go. If you want to stick to simple solutions, putting a more aggressive filter on your HVAC system can go a long way – just make sure it matches the system and isn’t going to strain it.
If you’d like to learn more about keeping your home healthy, warm, and energy efficient through the winter months, you can contact Axiom Home Services for heating and cooling services in Albuquerque. We’ll be glad to help you figure out maintenance, new installs, and any other challenges your HVAC may provide.