Avoiding Poor Ventilation Problems Before Winter Sets In

Are colder days coming to your area? Weather is becoming weirder, but those first few days of chilly weather should be a signal to consider heating and air conditioning maintenance before you need improvement. Before turning on your heating and breathing in burnt debris, flying dust, or dealing with other heating system problems, consider a few improvement points to work on as soon as possible, such as:

Avoid The Burnt Dust Smell

When your heating system hasn't been turned on in months or even weeks, a lot of dust can settle in the ventilation ducts and the heating element. This leads to a bad burning smell when the dust-covered heating system is finally turned on, along with all of the dust and debris inside the ventilation system being tossed around and into your lungs.

If your home is surprised by an unseasonably cold day before the real touch of winter reaches your area, you or someone in your household may instinctively turn the system on and have to deal with the irritating dust problem. This may not seem like much to people with the privilege of good health, but if anyone in your household has asthma, allergies, or any other breathing problems, the irritation can put them out of commission for days. It could even turn into a hospital bill problem on top of a maintenance problem.

Handle it now, while the weather is just slightly chilly or not chilly at all. Cleaning too early can be a waste if dust has time to settle, but the beginning of fall for many areas is enough time to get a lasting, meaningful cleaning.

Consider Your Filter Types

Along with cleaning out dust, what does your home need to filter? If the answer is everything, that must come with a set of reason unless you just want to pay more for electricity.

Filter out only what needs to be filtered. If the only health risks in your area are pollen because someone in your household has pollen allergies, an allergy filter rated for pollen is all you need. If your area has a lot of pollution in the air from traffic, a filter rated for airborne pollution and metals is what you need.

People who have breathing issues caused by multiple irritants can still be served by specific filter types because some filters have cross-irritant protection. Major filters such as high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters should be used only in clean rooms or with people who can't handle any irritation as proven by a medical professional. HEPA is popular because of increased awareness of breathing problems, but it's not necessarily a good fit now that more is known about how certain pollutants are filtered.

Contact a heating and air conditioning professional to discuss the types of filters needed for your home.