HVAC Maintenance and asthmaFor anyone who has allergies or even asthma, the circulation of fresh air indoors is critical. Connecting your HVAC maintenance and asthma or allergies is a good idea since it concerns the air you breathe in your home every day!

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, systems are a standard in the Atlanta area, where warmer weather makes indoor temperature control a necessity. This means that many of us who live and work in the area spend a considerable amount of time in buildings and homes with HVAC units circulating the air through the building.

Believe it or not, sometimes indoor air pollution can be worse than outdoor pollution — especially for allergy and asthma sufferers. Symptoms can be triggered by this air inside, which is why having clean air conditioning filters is very important.

What does HVAC maintenance typically include?

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Most people are unfamiliar with AC maintenance plans.

The first thing to know is this: Having equipment that is in good shape not only saves time and money by extending the life of the unit and minimizing repair bills, it’ll give allergy and asthma sufferers a much-needed sense of relief.

Here’s what regular air-conditioning maintenance might include:

  • Fan assessment
  • Thermostat setting assessment
  • Lubrication, general operation assessment
  • Refrigerant check
  • Outdoor unit inspection
  • Electrical connection check
  • Examination of heating elements
  • Coil cleaning

Just as important as knowing who to call when your system experiences problems is scheduling regular maintenance.

How often should your HVAC system be looked at?

As your system runs, it collects dust and other dirt in key locations that may decrease its efficiency. This build-up may affect the coils and air filters, causing them to condense. Servicing your equipment will increase the equipment’s dependability and ensure safe and healthy operation.

For this reason, it’s imperative that your HVAC system get inspected and cleaned annually. This is regardless of the kind of equipment you have, whether it be Carrier, Trane, American Standard or some other brand.

Regular maintenance of your air-conditioning unit, in particular, will ensure that your equipment is energy efficient and that it will cool your house when you need it to.

The rule of thumb is to have your heating system checked in the fall and your air conditioner system inspected in the spring.

Warning signs that your AC system needs to be serviced

When issues pop up with your air conditioner, you might not notice until it’s too late, leaving you on the hook for expensive repairs that could have been avoided with good maintenance.

Here’s when you should call an expert:

— If you notice that there is poor air flow via your air-conditioning vents. This means your unit compressor could be failing.

— If your energy bills suddenly increase by puzzling amounts. This could be a result of cracks, gaps and leaks forcing your equipment’s system to work harder than normal.

— If you keep turning down the thermostat and it does not seem to help. This is a sign that either the thermostat has stopped working or the AC unit needs attention. Other signs may include weird noises and smells in addition to blowing lukewarm air when it’s supposed to be much cooler.

With the right experts servicing and repairing your HVAC system, your environment will be safe and healthy. Better yet, asthma and allergy sufferers will be able to breathe easier.

Call Hammock’s AC Inc. at 770-794-0428 to learn more about our maintenance plans or schedule your next maintenance today.

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