In case you aren’t aware, August 21st is World Senior Citizen’s Day! Not only should you check on your elderly loved ones, but you should also check on your HVAC system because that’s one thing you can prevent from getting old.
Listed below are things that will help you determine when to change your air filter, the health consequences of neglecting to do so, and when you should replace your HVAC system to better control the temperature inside your home.
When You Should Change the Air Filter?
The only bed you should ever want to see is your own, not a bed of dust that is preventing the air filter in the HVAC system from its job! The air filters prevent dust and other harmful particles from infiltrating the air you breathe.
It may be a hassle to routinely change out your old filter for a new air filter, but you will be grateful when you do! Neglecting to change an air filter is one of the biggest causes of HVAC system problems.
Determining when to change your air filter depends on the use of the space as well. A suburban, everyday house will differ from a vacation home when it comes to changing the air filter.
It’s recommended to install a new air filter every 30-90 days, but it also depends if there are pets in the everyday home. As for less used areas like a vacation house, it’s acceptable to change the filter a couple of times a year, depending on how frequent occupants stay.
Health Issues Caused By Unchanged Air Filters
We may be conscientious of food quality and what we put on our bodies, but sometimes we neglect to check the air quality that we’re inhaling.
When it comes to testing the air quality, it’s nearly impossible because we can’t physically see air like we can with foods that we consume.
Some everyday activities can increase air pollution from pollutants such as carbon dioxide and chemicals given off by household appliances and smoking. Not frequently changing the air filter poses potential health risks that can affect not just you, but the overall function of your HVAC system.
The air filters prevent air pollution, and mold can grow on the ducts due to the filter not properly circulating and regulating the air quality. These are some harmful after-effects that can create invisible threats to your health if not tended to immediately.
HVAC Services and Replacement
When it comes to our ages, people don’t let us forget how old we are. Well, do we also know how old our HVAC system?
The majority of people may forget the number of years their HVAC system has been installed in the home, but it’s imperative that we keep at least a general idea about the age of it.
The age for some of your HVAC components may determine how long until you have to have it repaired or even replaced. When it comes to your air conditioner and heat pumps, they have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Your furnace has the longest lifespan, which is about 15 to 20 years. Nevertheless, it’s strongly recommended annual inspections on your system to make sure problems haven’t occurred.
Enjoy Fine Wine? Not When It’s Your HVAC System
As people get older, they’re often compared to aging like a fine wine. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about our HVAC system. Even if everything seems to be working fine, you shouldn’t take a chance when it comes to your air quality.
If you suspect or are unsure as to whether your HVAC system is properly working, you can call our pros at Sky HVAC to provide you with the answers you’ve been seeking.