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HVAC FAQ's And Their Answers

The start of a new year is an exciting time! It’s a time to start fresh, to leave the past behind and move forward into a new decade. Of course, everyone wants to start the new year on the right foot. This may include starting those New Year’s resolutions with gazelle intensity because if those actions aren’t intentional and aren’t done with a certain level of force, they tend not to stick.

These resolutions might include improving health (this is one of the most common choices in the US), rekindling old friendships, or simply trying to learn something new each and every day. For those who fall into the latter category of resolutions, there are many things to learn about and many questions to ask. Luckily, there are always answers to those questions, including FAQs about HVAC systems.

How to Improve Air Quality

improving air qualityOne of the most important aspects of an HVAC system for a homeowner is the air quality of the home. However, sometimes updates to the HVAC system are not the only solution for improving air quality.

It’s as simple as good hygiene. Regularly vacuuming the carpets and sweeping the floors can help to eliminate dirt and dust, which prevents irritability while breathing and allergic reactions. This also includes cleaning bedding, cushions, and window curtains, as these can also collect dust and other allergens.

Another tactic is to add household plants such as bamboo or ivy. These specific plants can remove toxins from the air and release more oxygen simultaneously. Even opening a window to let in some fresh air can have a tremendous impact on the air quality, though it might be a bit chilly in the winter.

How to Change Air Filters

Just like oil changes are a regular maintenance task for a car, changing out air filters should be a regular maintenance task for a house. Over time, dust and dirt can collect on air filters. When this happens, there are a few negative side effects. First, warm air can’t make its way through the house and will blow cold air instead.

changing air filters

Another negative side effect of not switching air filters is that they often result in high energy bills from inefficient air systems. Many homeowners wonder how often they need to be changed, and it depends on the thickness of the air filter. A 1-inch or 2-inch filter needs to be switched out about every 3 months, a 4-inch filter should be changed every 6 months, and a 5-inch filter should be changed once a year.

How to Clean Air Ducts

air duct cleaningAir duct cleaning is a more formal process using powerful vacuums to clear the dirt, dust, and other contaminants out of the HVAC system. This prevents debris from circulating throughout the home, can reduce allergens, remove unpleasant odors, and help everyone breathe a little bit easier.

A good rule of thumb is to clean the air ducts every 3-5 years. However, it may be best to clean them more often if there are people living in the home with allergies, who smoke often, or if there are pets in the house.

About AAA Modern Air

AAA Modern Air is a company proud of its standing in the industry and community. When their customers are making an HVAC investment to their home or business, they want them to receive a quality air conditioning system along with a quality AC installation. Their goal is to provide prompt, courteous, cost-effective and professional air conditioning solutions.