Faulty Air Filters

Faulty Air Filters

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Indoor air that provides us utmost comfort is the main reason why we pay for devices that do just that for us. Indoor air comfort is associated with having the right air temperature inside a closed space. The temperature of the circulating air plays a big role in the comfort levels of our homes, so one should pay attention to any fluctuations or problems that cause discomfort when neglected over time.

Breathing is synonymous to life and it is second nature for us that we often are unconscious about it. We only realize the value of breathing when we suffer from nasal congestion leaving us catching our breath all the time. Since we can’t really stop ourselves from breathing, we end up breathing the air from our surroundings regardless of how clean or dirty it is. What we don’t know is that breathing in too much dust and constant exposure to unpleasant odors coming from a faulty ventilation system compromises our indoor comfort in as much as our health. We can avoid breathing in these contaminants by installing air purifiers. However, we can save ourselves the trouble of having to install this equipment if we just know how to take care of the HVAC systems that are already installed in our homes and maintain them regularly.

Dust Accumulation Can Lead to Breathing Problems

Dust accumulates through many ways, especially during home renovations. This dust gets into your heating and cooling system and circulates throughout your home, causing breathing difficulties and mucous membrane irritations.

Additionally, air ducts in your home may become clogged, which can reduce their performance. Many areas of an HVAC unit need the proper amount of air flow. Restricting the airflow can cause a unit to work that much harder. Neglecting the problem could cause your heating and cooling system to freeze up or stop working altogether.

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One thing you can do is to install the correct air filter for your HVAC system. It will help you save money and energy, avoid expensive and inconvenient breakdowns and it may even extend the life and efficiency of your HVAC system in the long run. Aside from that, it can likewise help reduce your energy consumption, something your wallet will truly be thankful for. Most air filters are actually disposable thus making it easier for you to maintain them.

However, not all air filters come cheap – especially the best ones sold in today’s market. No need to sweat, though. Inexpensive filters are also available but we must be very careful in buying these cheap filters for they turn out to be more costly over time. Problems may arise if you are using the wrong air filter type or if you are not changing it regularly (every three months at the very least). Your health may even be compromised if you keep on neglecting this particular upkeep.

Worsening Allergies

Small triggers in the air are responsible for your allergies flaring up and causing those unpleasant symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose, cough, and congestion. Dust mites trigger an issue known as allergic rhinitis, which causes all of the above symptoms as well as facial pressure, chronic sneezing, and even serious asthma attacks.

If you’re sensitive to dust mites and other allergens in the air, such as pollen or pet dander remember to wash linens like curtains, bedspreads, and pillowcases often. Use allergen-proof covers on mattresses and pillows. An enhanced air cleaner can help filter these pollutants from the home. For instance, the Infinity Air Purifier GAPA pulls up to 95 percent of pathogens down to 0.30 microns in size from the air.

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Condensation, another HVAC problem that results from poor air filter quality, can easily form within any HVAC unit, especially when you are running the air conditioner. Condensation forms in the coils and ducts of your AC unit from the dripping water. It is why HVAC maintenance is very important as it can ensure that your HVAC system has sufficient airflow and not pose any risk to people or your property.

As the droplets in the system settle, these droplets can give way to mold growth, a serious health hazard. The mold itself is a major risk factor for chronic respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma. The accumulation of dust and other particles in your HVAC systems may lead to health problems, thus, it is important to stay safe by checking your air filters regularly and replacing them when necessary.

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When your HVAC system malfunctions, it is important to call in the experts. We at Bulldog Heating & Cooling can help you optimize, repair, or install your HVAC system or even maintain it for you at a reasonable price. Contact us today for expert services whether it is big or small! As long as it deals with HVAC, we are always at your service.

Other Resources:

Effects of Stale Air
Good AIQ for Good Health
How Central Air Conditioners Help the Body