Looking for ways to reduce energy loss and keep your indoor air quality clean? Find the answers you're looking for here and learn more about the value of keeping your air ducts free of mold, bacteria, and debris.
How can I stop leaves from getting inside the outdoor HVAC unit?
Since there is a grille at the top of your HVAC unit, it is actually not possible to prevent the entry of debris completely. However, you can reduce it to a possible minimum. For prevention, it is worth ensuring you don't plant trees and shrubs next to the unit. It is also worth attempting to remove leaves and other debris found around and on the unit part of your regular garden and building maintenance.
Why should you get your air ducts cleaned?
It's the air ducts that convey air throughout your home. Because of this, their cleanliness is crucial to the proper functioning of your HVAC system. With regular use, air ducts will trap dust, pollen, soot, dander and other pollutants. If your system makes use of a humidifier, there is even more risk of mold or bacteria growing inside your ductwork. For all these reasons, you need to have your ducts cleaned regularly!
How can we improve our indoor air?
The only ways to ensure your indoor air is clean and of good quality is by confirming that your air ducts are free of contaminants and that your house is well-ventilated. You should make sure your ducts are regularly examined, cleaned and checked for damage - also remember, cracked walls might mean mold in the ducts and therefore, more bacteria in your house to negatively impact your indoor air quality.