According to the government’s Energy Star program, “Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. To ensure efficient system operation, it’s important to perform routine maintenance.” The most frequent causes of poor airflow include inadequate return duct and return grille sizing, dirty filters and coils, closed registers, and high pressure loss duct designs and installations.
Ensuring these issues are addressed results in a higher efficiency system, a better heated/cooled home, and lower utility bills. More importantly, though, a clean and efficient system results in cleaner indoor air quality within a home. Filtering pollutants keeps you and your family healthier, which also reduces healthcare costs.
By incorporating a fresh air component into your HVAC system, this will help ensure a steady supply of clean air while working to keep airborne pollutants out. With a fresh air system in place, a certified technician can check to see if an indoor air quality system might also work to your advantage.
Using the correct type of air filter helps keep your system running efficiently while also keeping the air in your home clean. Installing an electrostatic air filter that attracts and holds airborne particles like a magnet keeps the air inside your home fresher by reducing pollen, dust, and airborne pollutants. Since these filters are designed to be reusable, they save you money in the long run, as well. They are easily cleaned by either vacuuming or hosing off the dirt and are far more efficient than any other type of filter on the market.
Cleaning the Unit
Regularly cleaning an electrostatic air filter or changing a traditional, albeit less efficient, filter cuts down on repair costs and results in lower energy bills. But you should also check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump (when it’s in cooling mode). If the drain is plugged, it can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels, and breed bacteria and mold. All of these issues add to air quality problems and will negatively affect your health.
The blower components should also be cleaned and adjusted in order to provide proper airflow through the system. Proper airflow over the indoor coil is necessary for efficient equipment operation and reliability. Maintaining a flow of clean air throughout the home is the optimal goal. With an efficient filtration system in place and a clean unit, your family will be less likely to be exposed to the airborne pollutants that irritate asthma and other respiratory ailments.