Dirt. Five year olds love it, plants can’t live without it, and you’re breathing it in every day. Not just breathing it in – you’re paying to inhale the largest cause of your home’s dust and allergy problems.
You’re probably thinking that’s an exaggeration. But the simple truth is that you are paying to run your heating and cooling system, more and more as the weather heats up. And since dirt is the number one cause of system failure – 90% of all failures, in fact – chances are good that dirt is keeping your system from running at peak efficiency.
Before you invest in a family set of gas masks or prepare for a nomadic existence in the Sahara (hey, at least then you won’t be paying for the dirt), you might want to give your heating and cooling professional a call.
“Your system works hard,” says Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning. “It’s constantly circulating and cooling the air that keeps your family comfortable. Like anything else that works, it gets dirty and has to be cleaned. Scheduling the maintenance for your home’s heating and cooling system is as important as changing the oil in your car – if you don’t do it, eventually you’ll have a breakdown.”
There are a few questions to ask yourself before having your system cleaned:
- How long has it been since your HVAC system was cleaned? Systems should have regular tune-ups, which most companies can schedule for you with a Maintenance Agreement.
- Are there pets in the home?
- Do any family members experience burning in the eyes, nose, or throat while in the home?
- Does your climate have high humidity?
- Do any family members show symptoms of mild to severe allergies?
Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning told us, “System failures caused by dirt, as well as expensive repairs, can be avoided with a little preventative maintenance. Most people don’t realize how much money they can save by making sure their system runs efficiently.”
Learning the precautions are part of Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning’s effort to educate the public on how to save time, energy, and money. CPHAC wants to show homeowners certain neglected maintenance items that can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs or system replacements.