Are you trying to increase the quality of the air in your home? Does anyone in your household suffer from a fever or allergies? Does it seem like the air coming out of your registers has a slight odor? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you should follow these simple steps to improve the air quality in your home. Some basic AC service can go a long way when it comes to maintaining high quality, clean air in your home.
Filters are the first stop to clean air. Replacing your air filters on time is of the utmost importance. Even though air filters usually have a lifespan stated on the box, you need to check them regularly. That is, you can't just change your air filter every six months if that is what the lifespan is. During certain times of the year, you might need to change your air filter much more frequently than suggested. Of course, if you aren't using your heat or AC for months at a time, the filter will probably last much longer. So, your best bet is to visually inspect your filter on a regular basis and replace it whenever it looks dirty. Go to the store and buy a bulk package of filters. This way, you will always have three or four filters on hand so you can easily replace them when necessary.
Keeping Clean Registers
Having clean registers is another important part of maintaining your air quality. Dust, mold, and other allergens can get caught within the blades of your registers. This means all the air blowing through your registers can basically carry these things into your home. You obviously want to prevent this by keeping your registers as clean as possible.
Fortunately, to actually clean your registers adequately, you just need to remove them from the wall. Most registers are only attached to the wall with a couple of screws. This cruise can be easily removed with a handheld screwdriver. While you are cleaning out the backside of your registers in between the individual blades, you should also clean the opening to the duct. Any dust that gets blocked by your registers can settle on near the duct opening. Cleaning this area will prevent your register from getting dirty too quickly. Obviously, both of these jobs are easy to do yourself and can be done without any special tools or HVAC knowledge, but it's also something an HVAC technician can do for you if you'd like.
For more information on AC service, contact a local HVAC contractor.