Aside from your water supply, the air supply in your home is one of its most important features. After all, if the air in your Champaign home suffers in quality, you and your family could wind up with any number of respiratory, neurological, or cardiovascular diseases. With so much at stake, it’s important to understand all the different components of indoor air quality. One of the most important components that determine indoor air quality is your HVAC system.
It Filters the Air
Even if you have fans in your home, the most effective piece of air-moving equipment you have is still your HVAC system. This means that it is uniquely positioned to help you filter your home’s air. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right types of filters to help ensure that the air is suitable for even the most sensitive members of your family.
It all begins with your main air filter. This filter removes dust and other particulate matter from the air as it’s being drawn into your HVAC system to be heated or cooled. Air filters come in a wide variety of densities, meaning they are rated to capture different sizes of particles. A filter’s ability to capture particles, known as its MERV rating, is an important consideration when you’re buying filters. If you have a family member with respiratory issues, a higher MERV rating, though reducing your HVAC system’s efficiency, is likely to be your best choice.
Additionally, you can opt to add more thorough air cleaning capabilities by installing a whole-home air purifier. In addition to removing small particulate matter, most air purifiers come equipped with an activated carbon filter to help remove microscopic particles, including those present in foul odors and volatile organic compounds.
It Can Spew Dust
Even with rigorous cleaning procedures, most homes will still contain a fair amount of dust. Therefore, if you’re not careful, your HVAC system can become a dust-moving system instead of an air-moving system. That’s why it’s important to have your HVAC system regularly maintained by Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to ensure that any accumulations of dust are removed before they have a chance to cause any issues.
Plus, it’s a good idea to have your ducts professionally cleaned every few years. This ensures that any dust that collects in your ducts can be removed before it is broken loose by blowing air from your HVAC system, resulting in elevated levels of dust throughout your home.
It Can Grow Mildew
Another potential issue you should look out for is mold and mildew growth in your HVAC system. Under normal operating conditions, your HVAC system will not harbor mildew. However, if you don’t keep your system cleaned, it can become an ideal environment for these respiratory irritants to grow.
During normal maintenance procedures, a technician from Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. will check two potential areas of mildew growth on your HVAC system. One potential trouble spot is your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Since this coil collects moisture through condensation, it’s important that it’s able to quickly wick the moisture away before any mildew can grow. However, if the coil is dusty, it could hold onto moisture long enough to cause problems.
Your condensate drain pan and drain line are two more potential problem spots. If the drain line becomes clogged, moisture could remain in the drain pan for long enough to allow mildew to grow. As mentioned, though, with regular cleaning, none of these areas should cause you any trouble.
Breathe Easy When We’re On Your Side
If you’re concerned about the quality of your home’s air, you can breathe easy when Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is on your side. That’s because we understand the concerns you’re facing, so we work hard to ensure you and your family have the safest, cleanest air to breathe at all times. We do this by offering a full line of air conditioner and furnace maintenance, repair, and installation services.
Additionally, we offer sheet metal fabrication. This allows us to make modifications to your ductwork to alleviate problem spots that could allow dust to collect. We can also install heat pumps, thermostats, and a host of other home comfort products.
Since we first started serving Champaign more than 65 years ago, we have held to our core values of integrity and customer satisfaction along the way. This is what has allowed our family-owned business to endure for so long. Of course, our fantastic customers, who frequently leave us five-star reviews, have played an irreplaceable role in our success, as well. If you need assistance with your home’s air quality, we encourage you to call Bash Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today!