(503) 284-2173

Mon-Fri: 8 am to 5:00 pm

Request an Appointment

How To Control The Dust And Temperature Throughout Your Home

Mitigating dust is an important part of maintaining HVAC systems, as well as your health and the comfort of your home. If the air filter is dirty, then so is the air circulating through your home. When dust builds up, it is recirculated back into the air. This is the same air you breathe, which is why it’s important to clean your filter and keep the unit dust-free. Dirt, pollen, dander, dust mites, mold spores, and other contaminants are always present in the air, but you can reduce them with a high-efficiency air filter.

A 1600sq. ft. home accumulates 40 pounds of dust per yearRoutine cleaning is important to keep air clean and units running properly. AAA Heating and Cooling provides routine maintenance, such as filter replacement and cleaning, as well as repairs to the system that may result from the effects of dust build up in ventilation.

Not Using A High-Efficiency Air Filter May Cost You

Allergens, dust, and particles not only affect your health, they affect the efficiency, and even the functionality, of HVAC systems. The Environmental Protection Agency calls changing dirty furnace filters one of the most important maintenance tasks for optimizing your heating system’s energy efficiency. When dust builds up in a unit it can reduce the efficiency of a furnace. If the fan is dirty, it may not be running properly. If there is a build up of dust in the vents, the heat won’t circulate and properly warm the desired space.

People within the space may compensate for the lack of ventilation by turning up the heat. Because of this, the furnace may turn on more frequently and stay on for longer periods of time at a higher temperature. Increasing the heat uses more energy, which increases the cost to your home.

Understanding Furnace Fans & Filters

If your furnace fan is loud, it may require cleaning, and it may also be time to clean or change the filter. If the fan or ventilation is dirty, the fan works harder to circulate air, and the furnace works harder to heat a space.

If it is time to replace the fan after damage from dust build up, AAA recommends an Evergreen fan motor, because it is quiet enough to keep running all night to maintain the temperature of a home. If an HVAC fan runs all the time, it continues to circulate air. If the air is always circulating, a space will feel warmer for a longer period of time. With the air circulating and maintaining heat, the furnace won’t have to turn on as frequently or for as long a period of time, which saves energy and money.

Breathe Easy & Sleep Well

Signs of dust in the air and a possible dirty filter include increased sneezing and sniffling, coughing, and itchy eyes. These signs and symptoms can also affect quality of sleep.

Air filter maintenance and having a high-efficiency air filter should be a priority for people with asthma and allergies, who are more sensitive to dust and particles, and those who have pets. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends reducing dust and allergens in the home by using a high-efficiency filter and regularly cleaning it. A high-efficiency filter will prevent dust and allergens from being redistributed into a space and the air you breathe, in addition to maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC system.