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Spring Indoor Air Quality Checklist
05 Apr
By: Climate Control
Climate Control

As the weather warms up this spring, make sure your heating and air conditioning system is ready to roll.

With the air warming up, you may need your heating and air conditioning system to provide cool air to your home or office. Besides providing a comfortable indoor temperature, your HVAC unit also helps clean your indoor air. To make sure your unit's air handler provides the cleanest possible air, keep the following tasks in mind:

Check Your Air Filters

Most HVAC systems will have at least two air filters. One is with the unit itself, usually with the air handler. Another one is often somewhere in the living or working area, just behind the air intake register. Both of these air filters have the task of filtering out contaminants from the air, such as dust, dander, hair, mold and even the broken body parts of tiny bugs. When these filters become dirty, they can no longer effectively clean the air.

Not only will a dirty air filter allow particles in the air to float through the HVAC ductwork, but a dirty air filter will make the HVAC system work harder. This reduces the HVAC system’s energy efficiency.

Inspect the Air Handler

It takes clean air filters to remove contaminants from the air, but it takes the air handler to physically push the air through the HVAC ductwork in the home or office. You may not realize it, but it takes a lot of energy to move air through rooms, doorways and ductwork. This means the air handler uses moving parts, such as fans and motors, to circulate the air. The air handler also has electrical wiring to power the moving parts. Over time, these wires and parts can break down and eventually cause the air handler to fail. To make sure this doesn't happen, the air handler should receive a regular inspection to identify any potential points of failure.

To ensure your heating and air conditioning system provides the cleanest indoor air possible, reach out to one of the many HVAC professionals at Climate Control.

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