Winter’s arrival means that many homeowners are starting to crank up the heat and hunker down inside. While that may sound warm and cozy, it may not always be the best thing for your health. During this time of year, we’re exposed to a greater amount of air indoors — and its quality may be lacking.
That’s especially true if you’ve put off maintaining your home’s heating and cooling system. Although air conditioning units and heating systems can last for up to 15 years, that doesn’t mean they can go that long without regular tune-ups. Failing to clean and repair your residential air conditioning and heating systems regularly can lead to higher bills, lower energy efficiency, and even increased health problems.
When operated as directed, your home’s heating and cooling systems are totally safe. But when you allow ducts and air filters to get clogged, have unchecked gaps in your ductwork, or have your thermostat set too high or too low, your family may experience adverse health effects that can have a big impact on their quality of life.
Symptoms You Might Experience Due to HVAC Problems
If you don’t regularly clean, maintain, and repair your heating and cooling system, you might feel rather ill on a regular basis. Those who already have respiratory issues (like allergies or asthma) or weakened immune systems may experience worsening symptoms, while those who are relatively healthy under normal circumstances may find they’re battling viruses and bacteria more often than before. Here are some symptoms you might experience if you haven’t had your residential air conditioning or heating systems serviced in a while:
- Runny or bloody nose
- Dry, watery, or itchy eyes
- Frequent headaches
- Coughing and other breathing difficulties
- Frequent bouts of illness
- Sinus pressure
- Dry, itchy, or irritated skin
Allergy and asthma flare-ups
To Protect Your Health, Perform HVAC Service Regularly
Normally, your home’s HVAC system will improve your family’s comfort during the year. But when its maintenance has been neglected, you may actually feel less comfortable in your house. Because germs already run rampant during this season, you’ll need to do everything you can to ensure your family stays healthy. If it’s been a while since your heating and cooling systems were serviced, now is the best time to take action. Not only will this minimize your chances of becoming ill and improve your indoor air quality, but it will likely lower your monthly bills, reduce the need for emergency repairs, and provide valuable peace of mind.