Your HVAC system maintains air quality and keeps your environment comfortable all year round in all seasons of the year. A proper functioning system is a balance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning all working together efficiently. Your HVAC unit directly affects your indoor air quality and respiratory health.
When properly working and under a maintenance program, it improves indoor air quality and keeps you comfortable in your environment. On the other hand, neglecting your HVAC system can harm your indoor air quality significantly. Inadequate maintenance can result in broken parts, poor indoor air quality, mold growth, fire hazards, the spreading of pollutants into the air such as dust, bacteria, and allergens. Pests such as mice can also get in your ducts and contaminate it with droppings, which is why we partnered with a Rhode Island pest control company for ongoing consulting and support. With regular maintenance and cleaning, you can save money on energy bills, keep your indoor air clean, and safeguard the wellbeing of your household or employees.
Proactive maintenance results in a more efficient system and cleaner indoor air. We recommend an annual tune-up twice a year (once for heating, once for cooling).
One of the most important parts of central air conditioning maintenance is coil cleaning. Central air conditioners are made up of both an indoor and outdoor unit. The indoor unit contains an evaporator coil that removes heat from indoor air, the outdoor unit has a condenser coil that releases the captured heat outside. These coils are imperative to a properly running AC system and should be kept clean. Dirt and debris can build-up, causing wear on your system which results in a shortened lifespan of your AC unit, leading to repairs or a complete replacement of your unit.
To maintain an ideal air conditioning system, your A/C coils need to remain clean. How often you should clean your coils varies by each household; depending on how often you run your system, how much dirt is in your home, and how frequently your filter is changed. If your unit is near the street, it will also likely get dirtier more rapidly and need to be cleaned a few times a year. Our techs are experts and have been servicing HVAC units for over 35 years, we are trained to clean your coils to ensure you stay cool in the comfort of clean, circulating air in the warmer months. We recommend cleaning your coils at least once a year before summer starts to ensure build-up of dirt, dust and grime do not affect the cooling of your home or commercial building.
Air vents/registers can easily become coated with dust, dirt, debris and pollen, becoming unsightly and unclean. This diminishes your HVAC system’s efficiency, which results in higher heating and cooling bills. You can visibly see when build-up becomes encrusted on your vents and starts to obstruct the vent/register openings where filtered air is supposed to flow from. Dirty vents can impact HVAC efficiency. As air blows through the vents, it can cause a mixture of flowing air and dirt to blow back into your home or commercial property, irritating allergies and asthma symptoms. Particles of dust and debris circulating in the air you breath will certainly impact your indoor air quality. Changing your air filter monthly can contribute to less debris getting to your vent covers overall. Keeping your air vents/registers clean can also extend the life of your air filter as well.
It is important to note that although some homeowners attempt to clean their own vents, this is a process that involves some tools, vacuums, soaking and brushes for a thorough cleaning. Air vents/registers should always be completely dry before being put back into place for fear of dust and dirt clinging to the vents and therefore, leading to mold forming. If you notice a substantial amount of build-up on your air vents even after replacing your air filter regularly, call our technicians as this can be a sign of other problems or additional maintenance that needs to be completed to your HVAC system. Our trained technicians can further evaluate and access, helping you get to the root of the problem. Vent/register cleaning should be added to your regular preventative maintenance routine twice a year. More frequent cleaning is recommended if you keep your windows open in warmer months during pollen season as pollen will often stick to vents/registers.
Dryer vent cleaning is an often-overlooked task when it comes to maintenance of the home. With laundry being done on a routine basis, it is imperative to clean dryer vents to avoid safety risks in the home. We recommend having your dryer vents cleaned every 2 years, but they should be cleaned more often depending on factors such as how frequently you run your dryer and if your dryer vent is longer than normal (which should be cleaned annually. Call Air Duct Cleaning of New England for an inspection.
Neglecting your dryer vents can result in them becoming clogged with lint and debris, causing the dryer to overheat and leading to fires. Lint is highly flammable and can catch fire quite easily. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires caused annual averages of $238 million in direct property damage. Most fires (92%) involved clothes dryers and the leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber or lint. The primary cause of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean.
A clean air filter contributes to maintaining an efficient HVAC system. The purpose of an air filter is to trap impure particles from the air that gets circulated through your home and HVAC system. Filtering keeps contaminants such as allergens, pollen, mold spores, dirt, dust, pet hair/dander, and bacteria from air flowing through the system. It not only improves the air quality within your home, but also protects your HVAC system from damage by keeping contaminants from getting inside internal components of the furnace or air conditioner.
Over time, the filter will trap so many contaminants that it can become clogged. When this occurs, air flow is greatly restricted, diminishing the efficiency of your HVAC system. The filter may also begin releasing contaminants into your home and system due to being clogged, unable to further trap any more impurities in the air. To protect your respiratory health, indoor air quality and keep impurities from circulating through your home, we recommend changing your air filters regularly every 1-2 months.
Your AC or heat failing in cold or hot temperatures can surely put a hinderance on your day. To ensure your home or commercial building is comfortable and safe, we highly suggest a preventative maintenance program to keep you on top of your HVAC system care. The proper attention, cleaning and maintenance can prevent potential issues from affecting your system, essentially saving you money, time and stress. Not to mention, maintenance helps to prevent system breakdowns and extends your HVAC system’s life expectancy.
Your HVAC system acts as a vacuum, pulling in air and pushing it back out into your home or building. When a fire happens, your HVAC system is pulling in harmful substances such as smoke, soot and ash then pushes it back out into your living space or building. Not to mention, fires cause heat damage. Smoke, soot and ash particles can collect into your duct work, causing damage until adequately cleaned and restored. Smoke damage is an issue that can leave a persistent scent that lingers and is carried all throughout your space, which is why you will also need to contact a fire restoration company. Smoke is a tricky issue as the scent sticks to surfaces, duct work, walls and furniture. The use of a fire extinguisher can also cause trapped powder in your duct work, clinging to the walls and forcing your HVAC unit to work harder in order to function properly.
Water can also be a culprit to duct work damage. What might have started as a fire can easily lead to water damage as well. There can be a plethora of ways that water has made its way into your ducts:
Sprinklers deploying or a hose being used after a fire breaks out can cause mold, fungi and bacteria to grow in your duct work too. Other types of water damage such as flooding where high volumes of water makes its way into the ductwork can cause a consistent mold issue, multiplying unless remedied. Mold spores can be dispersed into your space when the HVAC system is on, leading to serious respiratory and health issues. The best way to protect your health, home or building is to take care of fire, smoke and water damage in your ducts immediately to avoid further problems from developing. Your HVAC system should be decontaminated and inspected right away to ensure healthy air is circulating in your space.
Airborne hazards and pollutants can lead to serious respiratory problems and other health issues. Any mold in ductwork or harmful contaminants will surely end up circulating in the air of your home or building. It’s important to act fast because mold can rapidly spread depending on its environment. The spreading of mold spores can cause issues further than your air ducts. Spores being circulated in your home from the air ducts can be spread to other areas of the home where moisture is present. Routine preventive maintenance is crucial for sustaining cleanliness, preventing microbial growth and the buildup of other contaminants that can adversely affect your HVAC system.