How To Maintain Indoor Air Quality


The quality of the air in your home will depend on several factors. Most importantly, you need to make sure you furnace and duct systems are as clean as possible. A dirty furnace can lead to dirty ducts, and vice versa. This is why it is important to constantly service and maintain your entire HVAC system. This article explains how to clean your furnace filter and fan.

Clean your Furnace Fan and Filter

The furnace is obviously the first thing you want to check. It is easy to service since it is indoors and usually in an accessible spot. In fact, it is important that you keep the area around your furnace free of clutter at all times. Clutter can not only create dust that can be sucked into the furnace, it can also block airflow into the furnace. So, the first step in keeping a productive furnace is cleaning around it. Then, you can turn off the power to the furnace. Some units will have a clearly marked on/off switch. Other units can only be powered down by switch the breaker. Once the power is cut to the furnace, you can open it up and do some basic maintenance.

The first thing to do is identify and pull out the filter. The filter is large (about the size of a big magazine) and should pull right out of its holder. If you filter is dirty, you should just change it outright. Replacement filters are affordable and easy to find. Just slide the new filter back in place. But first, clean out filter tray. This leads directly into the fan motor. If the fan is dusty and clogged, it will reduce the productivity of your furnace. And, the air that is being pumped into the ducts will be unfiltered, heightening the risk of allergens and molds.

While you have the furnace cabinet open, you can also clean out the entire compartment. Wipe down all the sidewalls with mild household cleaner. Make sure the fan blades are clean. Also, check them for any rust or mold spots. Any mold within your furnace can contribute to bad air being pumped into your home, so get rid of it as soon as possible.

If you furnace is clean, you are more likely to have better indoor air quality. Simply failing to do these basic maintenance tasks can result in a sluggish furnace that produce low quality air. Contact  contractor, like Tailor Made Maintenance Inc, for help.


15 March 2016

Understanding Advances in HVAC Systems

When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.