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Lots of Dust in Your Home – Learn How to Control It

Dust and other airborne contaminants are constant annoyances that every Springfield homeowner battles. Because this is something that is constantly being introduced into homes, it’s impossible to be completely rid of such contaminants. However, allowing debris to buildup can spell major problems for your health and HVAC equipment. Here are a few things you can do to control the amount of dust and other debris that gets circulated throughout your home.

Air Filters

The easiest and least expensive way to control airborne contaminants in your home is to regularly replace the air filters in your heating and cooling system. Air filters trap airborne particles, preventing them from entering your equipment and being recirculated throughout your home. A good rule of thumb is to check the air filter monthly and replace it as soon as dirt begins accumulating on it. While filters prevent dust from entering your system, clogged filters can also prevent steady airflow into the heating or cooling equipment,  causing the furnace or air conditioner to work harder to pull in necessary air. This can potentially burn out the fan and result in the need for premature repair and replacement.

Maintaining Family Health

Filters are as important to maintaining a healthy indoor air environment as they are to keeping your equipment running effectively. Air filters remove the contaminants and allergens that are in your indoor environment. While a furnace may be effective at burning up some of these contaminants, it can’t do it all. Excess airborne dust and other debris can make you and family members sick and may trigger or exacerbate allergies and other respiratory problems.

Keeping a Clean System

Most furnaces use open flames during their operations, which can set fire to heavy densities of dust and other debris. If you have a burning smell within your system, consult with an HVAC professional to inspect and clean your system. Additionally, if you continue to have issues with an unclean air environment, you may benefit from a thorough duct cleaning.

To learn more about how to prevent dust from wreaking havoc on your home’s indoor air quality and HVAC system, or for other home comfort concerns, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning.

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