The colder weather has definitely arrived, and it isn't going away anytime soon. Since you will be spending more time indoors, it is important that you ensure the indoor air that you are going to be breathing in is healthy. There are numerous ways in which you can improve the quality of air in your home. Some of these are routine maintenance and cleaning. Here are three tasks you should consider with the winter heating season here:
Task #1: Clean HVAC Vents and Registers
Your HVAC system handles a lot of air, and that air must go somewhere, right? Well, it actually goes through your HVAC vents and registers. If you are like a lot of homeowners, then you probably don't routinely clean them, which means that these are probably pretty dusty. After all, it makes sense that they would accumulate a significant amount of dirt over time if so much air travels through them.
Cleaning your vents and registers is really simple, especially if you have a wand attachment on your vacuum or a flexible duster. Make sure that you clean these on a regular basis – at least once a season, as these will help to reduce the amount of dust that is circulating through your home. In other words, you will begin breathing in a lot healthier air.
Task #2: Clean Ceiling Fan Blades
Similar to your vents and registers, the blades on your ceiling fan get dusty. When you turn your ceiling fan on, those blades circulate that dust throughout your home. So, make sure you clean those as well. At the beginning of winter, you will want to reverse the direction in which the blades turn so that an updraft is created. This will circulate warm air in the room so that your thermostat can actually be set a little bit lower without the need for sacrificing your comfort. This also means you can save on your energy bill.
Task #3: Install an Air Filtration System
If you don't mind an investment and are serious about maintaining appropriate indoor air quality inside of your home, you may want to consider the installation of an air filtration system. This type of system works alongside of your HVAC system and filters out tiny particles that could be making it through your existing HVAC filters. These systems ultimately help make your HVAC unit more efficient and can often extend its life.
If you would like to learn more about improving your home's indoor air quality this winter or routine HVAC maintenance, contact a professional heating repair service in your local area. Your lungs will definitely thank you!