In Minnesota, having a winter preparation plan for your house helps keep an eye on your home’s energy efficiency and your health. We have to consider getting to work, school, and the mountain of other season change issues.
Foremost though, is you and your family’s health.
Northern climates leave residents bracing for bone-chilling cold and winter storms. This means more time indoors and more risk of spreading illness through the HVAC system itself.
When the temps start dropping outside, it’s time to look at what you can do inside to help your home get ready for Winter.
Energy Efficiency Matters
According to the United States Department of Energy, heating and air conditioning systems account for most typical home energy use.
Whether you’re firing up the furnace or just cranking down the air conditioning, Winter is prime time to think about how you can save some money—and help the planet—with a more energy-efficient home. Many factors impact the cost to heat your home over the Winter.
Two top considerations affecting your energy expenses related to your furnace are the type of fuel used to power your furnace (electricity, natural gas, oil, or a different kind of fuel) and the size of your home.
A large house will require more power to heat.
One way to keep heating costs under control is to maximize your system’s efficiency. Help your furnace and ducts run better by replacing the filter and cleaning the ductwork. Removing built-up dirt and dust helps air move through without resistance, requiring less energy.
Breathing Better Air
A clean heating and air conditioning system improves the overall quality of the air you breathe inside your home. Dirty systems can contribute to low indoor air quality and health issues, especially in people with respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, or specific allergies.
Dirt and dust are pulled into the heating and air conditioning system and recirculated through the home many times a day.
The buildup in the ductwork creates continuous exposure that only duct cleaning can address.
While you’re gearing up for Winter, don’t forget to prepare your home by maintaining your home’s heating and air conditioning system. It can save you money and help keep you and your family healthy!
The first step toward winter readiness for the air inside your home is getting your heating and ventilation system cleaned. A complete cleaning would include replacing the filter on your furnace and cleaning the ductwork that runs throughout your home.
A duct cleaning expert will remove built-up dirt, dust, and debris, improve indoor air quality, and help your home’s heating and ventilation system run smoother.
There are a couple of crucial reasons that make cleaning your home’s heating and ventilation system a good idea when it comes to winter prep:
You Save Energy
According to the United States Department of Energy, 56 percent of the energy used to power your home goes to heating and ventilation systems. When those systems begin to wear, they run less efficiently. Even in new buildings, air ducts can be dirty—mostly when construction or renovations were recent—and will become even dirtier through everyday use.
You Improve Indoor Air Quality
Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out through the air ducts in your home. Dirt and dust are recirculated throughout your home five to seven times a day, on average. Over time, this causes a buildup in the ductwork. Dirt may contribute to health issues, especially in people with respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, or specific allergies.
Cleaning the air ducts in your home removes dirt and dust, leading to better indoor air quality.
You’ve heard it before. Winter is coming. Of course, that has many of us thinking about and planning for the upcoming holidays, but what about your home’s indoor air quality? Colder weather means more time spent indoors, and the quality of the air you breathe can affect you and your family’s holiday season more than you might expect.
According to the EPA, low winter indoor air quality can aggravate conditions like asthma and increase a person’s risk of developing pneumonia and other upper respiratory problems.
Long-term exposure to indoor airborne contaminants has also been connected to cancer and increases heart disease risk.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve your indoor air and prepare your home for Winter with these helpful tips:
Dust and vacuum regularly.
Keeping your home dust-free will help your air filters work more efficiently, leading to improved indoor air quality. Using a damp microfiber cloth or vacuuming regularly, you can help minimize the amount of dust and debris floating around in your air.
As temperatures drop, you want to keep the warm air inside, but you don’t want to keep the air contaminants trapped in there too! Weather permitting, open a window to allow fresh air in and stale air out. Kitchen and bathroom vents are another great way to pull out some low indoor air during the Winter.
Invest in a humidifier
It’s not just polluted indoor air that can cause discomfort or illness. The extreme dryness of winter air can also be a contributor. Fan-powered humidifiers blow moisture vapor to increase the moisture content of the air and reduce static electricity. This can help individuals inside the home breathe more comfortably by preventing dry throats and nasal passages. Adding the right amount of humidity to the air also controls dust mites, mold, and mildew.
Check and change your air filters.
HVAC system air filters are a defense against indoor air pollutants. Still, to do the job well, they must be maintained – primarily in Winter, when the heating unit runs almost continuously. Dirty air filters are a significant contributor to low indoor air quality.
Check your filters regularly and change them as needed.
Get your air ducts professionally cleaned.
The air in your home (including airborne dust, pet dander, mold spores, and more) is pulled into your HVAC system and recirculated 5 to 7 times per day, on average.
Over time, this re-circulation can cause a buildup of contaminants in the ductwork and air you breathe. Each time you turn your heating system on, contaminants make their way into your living spaces, where they are breathed in by your family.
Luckily, air duct cleaning can help combat this buildup of dust, dirt, and debris, which lessens the amount of potential asthma and allergy triggers, helping to improve the indoor air quality and overall health of your home.
If you’re considering getting your home ready for Winter, make sure you add Vent Medics to your list.