As any homeowner with children knows, one of the primary goals is to ensure your home is a safe place to live. We keep any toxic chemicals locked away, put plastic covers over the outlets, and ensure our smoke alarms are always working. One thing you can do to help keep your family safe inside your home, but is often overlooked, is performing regular HVAC maintenance.
Here are two ways that performing HVAC maintenance improves safety.
Improved Air Quality
For starters, a maintained HVAC system improves the air quality around your home. When an HVAC system is working properly, it pulls in the air from around your home, including things like dust and pet dander. It then passes this air through a filter and returns the cleaner air back into your home.
If you have someone living in your home with breathing trouble - such as asthma - or anyone dealing with allergies, maintaining your HVAC system could go a long way towards making the living conditions safer.
Less Likely to Lose Heat or AC
Imagine it's the middle of December and you hear on the news that a major snow storm is coming your way. You use the time before the storm to get your home ready, including buying extra food, making sure you have enough oil, and bringing in some fire wood.
The one thing you don't think of is the health of your HVAC system. It decides that the day before the storm is the day it's going to break, and suddenly you're without heat as the snow starts to fall.
This is the type of scenario you don't want to find yourself in. A loss of heat when the temperatures outside drop, or a loss of AC when they rise, could spell danger for people inside your home.
If you can't regulate the temperature inside your home adequately enough, you could find that your family members start to suffer from health problems related to the temperature.
While it's not always possible to avoid this situation entirely, you can make it less likely. When you perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system, you make it easier for the system to run, and therefore less likely to wear down.
During maintenance you'll also be able to spot any signs of trouble with your HVAC system, and have it taken care of before the next major snowstorm or heat wave.
How to Perform HVAC Maintenance
There are two major things that you'll want to do for HVAC maintenance. The first is to regularly change your air filters. Your air filters become clogged over time as they pull in dust or pet dander from around the home, and so they need to be frequently changed, especially if you have pets. Changing an air filter is typically pretty easy, and you should be able to find instructions for it either in your owner's manual or online.
The second thing you can do is have an HVAC service expert come to your home regularly. They will be able to conduct a more thorough examination of your system and perform preventative measures. They can give your system a full cleaning and ensure it's good to go for the foreseeable future. It's a good idea to schedule a visit at least twice a year, once before the Winter and another before the Summer.
Small Steps Can Have Big Benefits
As you can see, performing HVAC maintenance doesn't take a lot of work, but it could potentially provide you with some major benefits. We all want to keep our families safe and HVAC maintenance is just one more small thing you can do to help with this. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of HVAC maintenance, please feel free to contact us at any time.