Filters and Allergies

Installing the right air filter for your HVAC system has its perks. For one, it will help you save money and energy, avoid expensive and inconvenient breakdowns.  Furthermore, it could extend the life of your home heating system. Finally, it may also prevent your furnace from breaking down.

Most air filters are disposable, thus making it easier for you to keep track of their cleanliness and maintenance. There are also inexpensive ones, but we must remember that we must keep in mind the quality and not only the price when looking for filters. Problems that could mean you’re using the wrong air filter or not changing it regularly (every three months) include high utility bills, low indoor air quality, and an uncomfortable home.

Suppose your heating, cooling and air conditioning system, also known as an HVAC system, is not correctly and regularly maintained. In that case, there might be a chance that moulds and other bacteria and viruses may grow inside the unit and may spread to the air we breathe at home, disrupting the indoor air quality of your home, building or establishment. Too much mould exposure can cause headaches, migraines and other health problems. For this reason, HVAC maintenance service visits and repairs can ensure that airflow through your HVAC systems is working and will not impose harm on your health.

As the humidity level increases, so does the moisture or condensation in your HVAC system. Water droplets form in the coils and ducts of your AC from dripping water. The consequence of humidity in your unit is mould, which can negatively affect your health. The mould itself has a significant impact on chronic respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma. The accumulation of dust and other particles in your HVAC systems may lead to health problems. Thus, it is vital to stay safe by checking it regularly.

Dust accumulates through many ways, especially during home renovations. This dust gets into your heating and cooling system and circulates throughout your home, causing breathing difficulties and mucous membrane irritations.  Additionally, air ducts in your home may become clogged, which can reduce their performance. 

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A musty smell may arise if your air filter is not working properly or if it is extremely dirty or dusty. This is due to the presence of mold and mildew in your systems. These smells may actually be an indicator that a much bigger threat to your health is about to come.

A burning smell may also be smelled when you use your heater, and poor airflow could cause warm or drafty spots in your home.

If your air filter is too thick or if it uses mesh that’s too fine, your heater and air conditioner will have to work harder and use more energy, increasing your bills. All air filters have a minimum efficiency reporting value or MERV. A high rating will help you remove more pollutants from the air and keep your systems working smoothly. However, it also means your heating and air conditioning system’s airflow will be lower. Make sure any filter you choose has a MERV rating in the recommended range for your HVAC system.

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Given that your air filter is designed to remove pollutants (e.g., mold, pollen) and other annoying specks of dust and dirt from your home, when it fails to do its job, poor air quality is the result. As the air quality in your home worsens, you and your family may start experiencing asthmatic attacks, allergic reactions and severe headaches.  This will also mean that you will also need to dust and vacuum more often because your home will have more dirt and dust.

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