Every household has a certain amount of dust, which can be annoying. How much dust you have in your Bay Area home depends on a number of factors, including the use of a fireplace/wood stove, cooking and cleaning habits, pets, tobacco use, the age of your home and its construction, and more.
As trusted San Francisco HVAC professionals, we want to explain what dust actually is, how it affects your health and HVAC system, and what to do about it.
Few of us really think about it, but dust is a combination of lint and fibers from clothing and fabrics, soot, animal dander, cooking debris, shed skin, and even decomposed insects. Sounds pretty disgusting, right?
Dust can actually be harmful to your family’s health and your HVAC system. Here’s why:
Dust can aggravate allergies, asthma, and those with sinus/respiratory issues. Airborne chemicals and bacteria can also worsen lung ailments or prolong colds.
When it comes to the HVAC equipment in your Bay Area home, dust essentially makes your system work harder, and can actually cause it to wear out sooner than its life expectancy. Partially blocked ducts and clogged filters are two things which can result from dust.
Here’s how you can keep dust under control in your home:
Make sure the filter is the correct size and type for your system. Your HVAC technician can help you with this; high efficiency filters will allow good airflow, while trapping more dust and debris.
Replace the filter regularly. When dust and debris build up on the filter, airflow is impeded – making your home less comfortable. It also results in more dust inside your home, and can cause stress or damage to your equipment.
Have your equipment maintained regularly. Regular HVAC maintenance is important; your technician will inspect your system for any potential problems, and clean/oil your furnace.
If necessary, have your ducts cleaned and sealed. Leaks in the duct work allow dust, dirt, and other debris to enter – and mold/mildew to grow. Your San Francisco HVAC contractor will be happy to inspect your duct system to determine if cleaning is in order.
At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we provide expert HVAC and indoor air quality advice to Bay Area homeowners. If you’re experiencing an unusually high level of dust, give us a call.