Clean HVAC System Breath of Fresh Air for Allergy Sufferers

Clean HVAC System Breath of Fresh Air for Allergy Sufferers

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Clean HVAC system breath of fresh air for allergy sufferers

If allergy season has you sneezing and sniffling, you might believe you’re better protected inside your house than outside in the fresh air. Think again. In a typical six-room house, everyday living creates up to 40 pounds of dust every year, according to NADCA: The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association. What’s more, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system pulls in a sizable amount of contaminants, and may re-circulate those irritants five to seven times a day.

Your heating and cooling system can be considered the heart and lungs of your home, taking in air and breathing it out. Generally, the cleaner the lungs, the cleaner the air in your home – and the fewer allergy triggers circulating in the air. While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air heating in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions or some environmental allergies. That’s why it’s important to get a quality HVAC cleaning done on a regular basis.

By having your HVAC system cleaned by a professional like Christian Brothers could actually save you money in the long run. That’s because contaminants in your home’s heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Even though you use filters, the HVAC system still gets dirty through normal use. When the system is clean, however, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you want, and will use less energy – saving you money.

Once you’ve decided to have your HVAC system cleaned, how do you choose a professional?

• Look for a company that’s certified by NADCA to perform HVAC system cleaning and is a member in good standing of NADCA. The organization has a list of member companies; visit www.nadca.com. NADCA members carry general liability insurance, have at least one person on staff trained and certified as an Air Systems Cleaning Specialist, and clean and restore heating and cooling systems following the organization’s guidelines.

• Ask a contractor to inspect your system and give you time estimates for their work. This will give you a general idea of how long the job should take.

• Not every house needs an HVAC cleaning. A quality company will do a visual inspection first and recommend a complete cleaning only if necessary. The professional should be able to point out debris buildup that is visible to the human eye, such as by removing a floor register and taking a picture with a digital camera.

• Has the company been in business long enough to have adequate experience? Ask if the company has done work in homes similar to yours. Get and check references.

• Ask for proof that the company is properly licensed and adequately insured.

• The company may use one of two main types of vacuum collection systems – either one mounted on a truck or a portable unit. All vacuum units should be attached to collection devices for safe containment prior to disposal. Any device that exhausts indoors must be HEPA filtered.

• A vacuum collection device alone won’t get your HVAC system clean. The professional should also use tools designed to actually clean debris off the components, such as brushes.

• Run through a checklist of what needs to be done with the professional before and after the job, to ensure it’s done properly. You can find a thorough checklist at www.nadca.com.

Keeping allergies at bay can be a multi-faceted job. But having clean air ducts in your home will go a long way toward everyone breathing more easily.

Air conditioning, Plumbing, Electrical repair since 1976 in Phoenix, AZ.


5 Tips For Your AC Unit

5 Tips For Your AC Unit

5 Tips For Your AC Unit

AC Tip #1:

Clean and/or Replace Air Filter

Replacement of your air conditioner air filter (or cleaning the air filter filter) is one of the most important regular AC maintenance tasks. It should be done once per month during Arizona seasons (like summer and winter) and once during the fall and spring.

AC Tip #2:

Check Wiring and Components

Prior to working on your air conditioner, ALWAYS start by turning off the power to the AC unit. This can be done at the disconnect on your AC unit, or at the main breaker panel on your home.

AC Tip #3:

Examine Your Thermostat

Check your thermostat and make sure it’s working properly. Your thermostat keeps your home at the right temperature! If you have an older, or mechanical type thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a programmable model with higher energy-star ratings.

AC Tip #4:

Check Your Condenser AC Unit Fan

Start by turning the power off to your air conditioning unit. Check the fan mounted on the top of your condenser unit to make sure it’s working properly and efficiently.

AC Tip #5:

Clean Outside Of The AC Unit

With time you find; leaves, dirt, grass clippings building up on the outside of the air conditioner unit. Ultimately this decreases system capacity and reduces air flow.

Air conditioning, Plumbing, Electrical repair since 1976 in Phoenix, AZ.