The average household produces 40 pounds of dust per year! The accumulation of this dust in your air ducts can cause many problems including an increased need for dusting, odors, and poor HVAC performance. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) maintains that a total ventilation system cleaning should be performed every 3-5 years but should be considered more frequently when a customer has pets, occupants with allergies or asthma, cigarette or cigar smoke, home renovation projects, or water damage/contamination to the home or HVAC system.
Media air cleaners are the best addition you can add to your forced air system. They have a greater surface area allowing more filtration as air passes through it. The replacement filters can be found in most box stores and usually only need to be changed once a year.
Your HVAC system is only as efficient as the thermostat used to control it. Newer digital thermostats offer a +or- 1 deg. of accuracy. The greater accuracy eliminates the large fluctuations in occupied space temperature leading to more even run times.
If you work a 9 to 5 job, you can benefit from a programmable thermostat. These types of thermostats are programmed to setback the temperatures while you are away, and resume normal operation before you get home.
Your heater may be working fine, but it is also drying out your home. Whole home humidifiers add back the important amount of humidity into your home. Having the proper level of humidity in your home will eliminate static shocks, dry skin, sore throats, and bloody noses. Humidifiers also aid in gaining the maximum efficiency from your heating system. In the absence of humidity, the heat produced from your furnace has nothing to "grab onto" if the air is too dried out.
Clothes dryers are associated with approximately 15,600 fires annually. It is recommended that your dryer vents be cleaned annually to prevent lint build up as well increase the efficiency of your dyer.
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