Fall is coming quickly, and with that means it’s almost time to fire up your furnace.
Before the winter season, it’s essential to make sure your home is well prepared for the chillier temperatures, including your furnace. West-central Minnesota gets cold and stays cold.
Your heating system goes battle in Minnesota winters, so here is our guide on getting the most out of your HVAC system during the next two seasons.
Cleanliness is next to godliness, and that is where your ductwork needs to be up to par. A clean furnace saves you money and promotes clean air. Your entire heating system’s efficiency is related to duct cleanliness.
Energy-wise: when dust and debris build up around your furnace’s motor and filter, your furnace must work harder to maintain temperature.
For the average DIYer, here’s what you can do on your own:
- Replace Filters Regularly
Everyone loves their pets, but let’s face it, the dander and hair can make for lots of cleaning. We recommend replacing your filters every two months, if not every month, if you have pets.
Pet hair and dander can quickly clog filters, as can near-constant use of your HVAC system. If you plan to continuously run your heat over the winter (who doesn’t?), we recommend changing your filters every six weeks.
- Keep Your Ducts Clean
If your ducts have interior dust buildup, they may be affecting the efficiency of your heating system.
As air flows through your HVAC system, it picks small particles of dust and other debris accumulated on your ducts’ interior walls. As this air travels through your filters, it deposits these particles, causing your filters to clog quickly. In turn, clogged filters reduce airflow and put tremendous strain on your furnace and blower motor. Traveling dust can also end up in your furnace’s internal components, where it builds up over time, potentially leading to premature breakdown.
In the Minnesota summer, many homeowners beat the heat and humidity by staying indoors. However, dirty ductwork could present problems for you and your loved ones’ health.
Your HVAC system recirculates most of the air inside your home; if there’s debris in your ducts, you’re breathing in those particles regularly.
Fortunately, you can call experts if you don’t wish to try and clean these hard to access areas: schedule a duct cleaning appointment.
Duct Cleaning & Indoor Air
Do you know what’s lurking inside your air ducts?
Most homeowners don’t have the equipment to see deep within the ductwork of their house. We could bet they’d keep up with regular duct cleaning appointments if they did. Here’s what we typically find on a job site:
● Dust mites
● Mold and mildew
● Dander, hair, pollen, and other allergens
● Volatile organic compounds
● Chemical residues
Because these health-harming substances readily accumulate inside your ducts, your HVAC system recirculates them continuously. And because HVAC filters can only trap so much, you end up breathing in remnants of those particles whenever you’re indoors.
After a thorough duct cleaning, though, you’ll enjoy cleaner indoor air because those particles will no longer plague your duct system. If you deal with persistent indoor allergies, you may want to consider implementing an air purification system in addition to annual or biannual duct cleaning.
Prepare Your HVAC System for Cooler Weather
Scheduling professional air duct cleaning during the summer months is a great way to ensure your heating system is well prepared for colder weather.
If your HVAC system runs around the clock throughout the summer months, your ducts can accumulate plenty of interior buildups, which should see maintenance before you crank up your furnace. Excessively dirty ductwork reduces furnace efficiency, so if you’re not keen on high energy bills throughout the winter, schedule a duct cleaning appointment while it’s still warm outside.
If you suffer from indoor allergies, your ductwork may be partially to blame. Over time, air ducts can accumulate a substantial amount of dust and debris, and unless you clean it out, your health can suffer. Whether you’re dealing with sudden, unexplained allergy symptoms or your allergies have plagued you for years, professional duct cleaning can help you reprieve.
Allergens Accumulate Inside Your Ductwork
Many people mistakenly assume the air that flows through their HVAC vents comes from outdoors—that’s not the case at all.
Instead, most of the air inside your home is continually recirculated by your HVAC system, which means any allergens inside your house will stay.
As the HVAC pulls air through the intake, microscopic allergens pass through the vents and end up in the ductwork. Eventually, those same allergens travel back into your living areas as the system forces conditioned air ago through the vents.
Whether you already know you’re allergic to the above substances or you’ve developed mysterious health issues over time, professional duct cleaning can help resolve your symptoms. By having your ducts cleaned on an annual or biannual basis, you’ll significantly reduce or even eliminate the allergens lurking inside your ductwork. As a result, you’ll enjoy fewer annoying symptoms year-round.
UV Purification Systems Can Dramatically Improve Indoor Air Quality
Although your HVAC filters are designed to trap dust and other particles that would otherwise escape your ducts, they can’t catch everything. Many of the particles that cause the most illness are so microscopic they pass directly through those filters.
Vent Medics offers UV light systems that kill germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Are you worried about what sickness causing bacteria is existing in your home? UV lights offer a realistic solution used in homes, hospitals, and businesses around the country.
So if you’re allergic to mold or mildew spores, certain types of bacteria, pollen particles, or anything else that’s super tiny, an air purification system can help. Certain filters, especially those that feature UV technology, can trap and kill viruses, making them a great addition to any home—even ones that don’t house allergy sufferers.
Get in touch regarding air duct, dryer vent cleaning, and UV filter installation. We’re available to answer any questions you may have.