Both summer and fall are seasons of wind and particles: pollen, seeds, spores, dust, fine particles of dirt, insects, and later, leaves of all kinds and sizes. If it’s blowing around outside, some of it will get inside through doors, windows, chimneys, and cracks between windows and frames. Some will be carried in by family members and pets. And the interior of your home creates its own version of airborne gunk, such as mold spores, pet dander and hair, organic matter from cooking, soot from fireplaces, and household dust. It can all be captured by your HVAC system and end up in your ducts. This means that every time your furnace kicks in this winter, a percentage of that stuff will be in your air. HVAC duct cleaning is an expert service offered by ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip for your home in DeKalb, Sycamore, Sandwich, and nearby communities.
You can filter out some of the dirt by changing your furnace filter quarterly, at minimum. Pick the best filter you can afford. Consumer Reports studies show that you get what you pay for. The low cost filters don’t do a very good job. Check the Internet for ratings on filters available for your furnace. If you have family members with allergies or respiratory problems, you need to look into allergenic filters with a micron rating. According to the University of Illinois Extension Service, you need pleated electrostatic filters or electronic filters in order to make much of a dent in allergy-prompting particulates. The less expensive filters, such as those made of fiberglass, cannot handle sub-micron particles and should not be used in the homes of individuals with health issues. The American Lung Association says to look for the MERV rating on your filter. It should have a rating of ten or higher for optimal health conditions.
Change your filter more frequently if you have pets or a smoker in the house, or if your fan runs constantly. If you’ve had recent remodeling in the home or excess smoke from burned food, you probably want to change your filter right away. If you’ve not had your air ducts cleaned in recent years, or if you recently purchased an older home, now may be the time to call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip for a comprehensive HVAC duct cleaning for your home in Somonauk, Genoa, Cortland, DeKalb, or other areas in DeKalb County.