In San Francisco, San Mateo, and other cities in the Bay Area, it isn’t unusual for residents to open up the windows and enjoy fresh air in spring and fall months. The temperatures are fairly mild, and everyone enjoys letting a little of the outdoor air inside and eliminating stale odors. However, any time you open up the windows or doors, you are inviting pollen, dust, and other allergens into your home. These particles settle into carpets, drapes, upholstery, and as a result aggravate allergies.
Not only does opening up the windows aggravate allergies or other sinus/respiratory conditions, particles, dust, and other debris clog up the filter on your HVAC system. This means that, in addition to the pollen and other particles that come in through open windows, your system cannot properly clean the air because the filter is so dirty it is unable to filter the air. This can also cause your system to become inefficient, which means it will work harder and cost you more in terms of energy bills.
What to do? First of all, vacuuming the carpets and upholstery will help remove some of the indoor allergens. Other than giving your home a thorough cleaning, replacing the filter on your heating and cooling system is critical. The task is fairly easy, so there is no excuse for not doing it! Make certain you purchase the right size and type of filter for your particular system, and follow directions for installation. In most systems, you simply remove the vent, take the old filter out, and pop in a new one before securing the vent. You will notice a dramatic reduction in the amount of pollen, dust, and other allergens in your Bay Area home.
The bottom line is, replace your filter regularly to keep your home cleaner, reduce allergies, and help your HVAC system function efficiently.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, our team of San Francisco heating experts are pros when it comes to the installation or repair of heating and cooling systems. Have other questions? Give us a call today for friendly, professional advice.