Winter is a time when indoor air quality is vitally important because your furnace runs a lot and you can’t necessarily open the windows to let in fresh air when it’s so cold outside. That’s why winter maintenance for your air ducts can be vital to maintaining good indoor air quality. Read today’s blog for Air Duct Cleaning winter maintenance tips for air ducts.
Check the Air Filter
The easiest thing you can do is to check the air filter. Do you see a lot of dust on it? Replace the filter if you do. Typically, flimsy filters need to be replaced every month. Consider changing your ordinary filter with a HEPA filter that lasts three months. HEPA filters have a static charge that traps smaller particles, thereby reducing the number of allergens that get into your air ducts.
Think about a programmable thermostat for your home. That way, your HVAC system runs less during the winter. Not only does your furnace motor get less wear and tear, but you also save on your heating bill when you program a thermostat to a lower temperature at night when you’re sleeping or during the day when you’re at work.
If you can, perform a visual inspection of your air ducts and vent covers. That’s not possible for all of your ducts because some are covered by walls, ceilings, or floors, but you can get some idea of what’s happening inside and out.
For any exposed ductwork, look to make sure any insulation is wrapped tightly around the air ducts. Remove the vent covers in each room and peak into the air duct with a flashlight. Do you see any build-up? Is there a lot of dust on the inside of the vent cover that fits into the duct? If so, it may be time for air duct cleaning.