If you are lucky, the weather will be nice and it will be mid-morning when your furnace goes on the fritz. This will not only keep the home a bit warmer but mans you may have the chance to get a technician to the house during business hours and save the fee for an emergency call. However, it doesn't always happen this way. It seems that people wake up in the middle of the night because it got cold suddenly.
The air quality in your home can make a big difference in how you feel and how healthy you are. Unwanted guests such as dust mites, lead, harsh toxins found in cleaners, and mold can cause your allergies and/or asthma to flare up unexpectedly. Here a few ways you can improve the quality of air in your home:
Bring the Outside In
One reason why the quality of air in your home is so bad is that your house is built so well.
Most people know they should change air conditioner filters on a regular basis and remove any debris that may have accumulated in their units. However, there are other minor air conditioning maintenance items that are often overlooked but which can have a big impact on how your appliance performs. Here are two of them that also need to be tended to regularly:
Clean and Straighten the Fins
Near the compressor and the evaporator are panels that look like grills.
It's hot. It's uncomfortable. The last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to fail during the hottest part of the year. Unfortunately, it is bound to happen eventually due to normal wear and tear. What do you do? Open your windows and pray for a breeze? Spend money on fans to circulate the hot, dry air around? You could do this – or you could turn yourself into an instant handyman and troubleshoot the unit yourself.
If you are like a lot of other people, then you may think the only thing to be done to your central air and heat unit is to occasionally take care of the air filter. However, the people who do think this way are also generally the same ones who end up finding that they are dealing with problems midway through the summer or winter. This is because contrary to popular belief, central systems actually do require a bit of routine maintenance in order for people to keep them working the way they should.