Since your HVAC system is mostly hidden out of sight, it may get neglected when it comes to cleaning. However, it’s important to realize that there could be things lurking in your HVAC system can contribute to health problems. That’s just one reason why HVAC system cleaning is so important.
Read on to learn about 5 things that could be lurking in your heating and air conditioning system, and the steps you can take to get a clean HVAC system.
- Bacteria and viruses
Contaminants that get into your air conditioner can spread in the air throughout the space. When a house or an entire building is served by a common HVAC system and ductwork, this can lead to spreading some types of germs.
Once bacteria or viruses contaminate your AC system, they can spread throughout the home or building (via your ductwork) along with the cool air. HVAC system cleaning, especially cleaning the ductwork, will remove contamination sources that have accumulated in your system.
Most contaminants are aggravated by humidity, but mildew relies on it. If your AC is having trouble removing enough moisture from the air, it creates the perfect conditions for mildew. Many types of mildew can cause allergic reactions in some people, particularly children, the elderly, and asthma sufferers. Some types can even create dangerous toxins. Regular maintenance and HVAC system cleaning can help deter this from occurring.
Outdoor pollution can also cause air problems indoors. For instance, an HVAC design that works well in rural areas could be wrong for urban environments. Pollutants can wind up trapped in air conditioner filters, making HVAC system cleaning an important part of keeping these pollutants out.
Poor ventilation is one cause of inside dirty air. If vents can’t circulate or filter air well, contaminants will build up in the system in high concentrations. Humidity makes pollution linger in the air as well.
- Dust mites and pet dander
If you’re allergic to dogs or cats, you probably know that an animal doesn’t have to be in the same room to stir up your symptoms. This is because animals tend to shed and leave behind fur and dander. That’s just one example of something you can’t see that could be making your air dirty.
Dust mites are another reason you might need HVAC system cleaning. Dust mites are tiny, usually microscopic insects that feed off dust and thrive in warm, humid environments. HVAC ductwork can accumulate lots of dust if not properly cleaned. At the same time, parts of an air conditioner are warm and collect moisture. This makes it the perfect habitat for dust mites.
If your home has animals, a clean HVAC system is a must. Make sure to clean or change filters often to help collect pet dander more efficiently.
A well-tuned air conditioning system is important to have when the temperatures start soaring into the 90s and beyond. If it has been awhile since you had your AC system cleaned or maintained, call the experts at Bill Joplin’s to schedule an appointment. Since 1978, Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating has been providing heating and air conditioning services to residential and commercial customers in McKinney, Texas, and surrounding communities.