by Karen Bates
(last updated February 17, 2014)
Pollution and air quality are issues that many of us think about. Even with the use of environmentally friendly products and procedures going into effect, breathing in air that is of poor quality can still be a big concern, especially for those with breathing problems or allergies.
Although we usually only consider the air we breathe while outdoors, there is also something else to consider: is the air you breathe indoors everyday clean? It might not be the first thing you think about while relaxing at home or spending time in your work building, but polluted air indoors can be a problem that may have an effect on your health.
One way to regulate indoor climate and air quality is with an HVAC system. HVAC, which is an acronym for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is a heating and cooling system that controls the temperature indoors. In many modern buildings, HVAC systems are used because they efficiently incorporate all of the functions that keep the environment comfortable. In many cases, these systems also work to lower the amount of pollution that enters your home through the use of filters.
Just like any heating/cooling system that uses air ducts to transport air, HVAC systems need to be cleaned once in a while. Over time, the components and ducts of the system can get dirty buildup, which can end up in the air of your home. This pollution can irritate respiratory problems and allergies.
To clean your system, you will probably need to hire a company to do the work, especially if you are not familiar with cleaning an HVAC system yourself. A good cleaning company will clean out the ducts as well as other parts of the system, making sure that everything runs clean and smooth. A technician may use chemicals or an agitation device to help remove buildup and dirt from the ducts. Filters should also be cleaned to ensure that more dirt, debris, and allergens do not enter into the system and contaminate your home's air.
To choose an HVAV cleaning company, call around or do research to find out what you can expect to get for your money. Some companies may not clean every component of the system, or might charge more for a service than you want to pay.
Cleaning your HVAC system can help your heating and air conditioning work more effectively, and will help prevent poor air quality indoors.
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