Ever feel like you're constantly dusting your home, only for the dust to magically reappear within a matter of hours? While it's possible that your house really is that dusty, it's more likely that your HVAC system is at least partly to blame. Today we'll discuss 3 key reasons why your HVAC is to blame for all the dust in your home.
1. When was the last time you changed your air filters?
Air filters are the number one culprit when it comes to a dusty home. Luckily, it's an inexpensive and easy fix.
Air filters are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and price points. However, you should never buy an air filter based on price alone (or based on the packaging for that matter). Rather, look for a MERV rating (Media Efficiency Rating Value) of at least 8, and go from there. Anything less than a MERV rating of 8 won't have the efficiency to keep pollutants and spores from traveling throughout your home, leaving tons of dust and creating potential health problems.
That said, don't count on your air filter to do its job for months on end without being changed regularly. Even the most highly rated filters won't keep pollutants and dust out of your home if they are dirty. Be sure to change your air filters on a regular basis (we recommend replacing your air filter every 30 days), especially if you have an active home, live in a new development, or regularly use your HVAC system more than average.
2. It's possible that your ducts have leaks!
According to EnergyStar, "20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts." As a result, homeowners tend to have difficulty keeping their house at a comfortable temperature no matter what the thermostat is set on and experience higher than average utility bills.
Leaking air ducts not only can lead to a significant loss of heated and cooled air but can impact the quality of air that is delivered to the rooms in your home. Just as comfortable air is escaping, all kinds of unfiltered particles can leak in, leaving dust behind.
The good news is that sealing the ducts is relatively easy once you find the leaks. Give CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning a call to inspect your home for duct leaks. If we find a leak, we will seal them up to prevent further air from escaping to the wrong places and keep clean, comfortable air in.
3. Your ducts are just dirty.
If your ductwork does have leaks and dust is blowing through them, then it's likely also settling deep within your ductwork which can cause a whole host of potential problems. One of which is dust all over your home.
Therefore, the next time you dust around the house, be sure to also dusty the grills and vent covers. Use a vacuum cleaner to really suck the dust away. Don't forget to dust or wipe down the ducts located right behind the grills as well.
If you've had any significant remodeling work done to your home, or you know your home is susceptible to extra dust, you may benefit from a duct cleaning to ensure that your HVAC system is clean from top to bottom.
Now is a great time to call Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a maintenance check. HVAC systems that are regularly maintained will last longer. Why? Tune-ups are designed to ensure optimum performance and to spot potential failures. When a part fails, the system is under undue strain. The strain causes other parts to work harder and, in turn, damages them as well. Don't wait for the system to fail. Call and have one of our HVAC experts check out your system. Don't forget to ask about our current offers.