Winter is in full swing and your heater is mostly likely being put to good use. We understand this is normally cold and flu season; but is there another possible sickness lurking? Do you have a cough you can’t get rid of? Or dry skin you can’t explain. Believe it or not, your furnace could be to blame. If you think your home heater is making you sick, read on to learn more.
Signs Your Home Heater is Making You Sick
If you’re looking to elevate your indoor air quality, one of the best places to start with is your HVAC system. Far too often we see homeowners forget to schedule routine tune-ups or check their air filters and ductwork. When this happens, your HVAC system can host mold, bacteria, and other indoor air contaminates. Here are some symptoms
to watch for if you believe your heater is making you sick.
- Sneezing and Coughing
- Unexplained Allergy Attacks
- Throat and Eye Problems
Don’t Neglect Your Ductwork
Any treated air in your home is distributed through a series of ducts. These flexible aluminum pipes can be found in your attic, basement, and sometimes in the walls. Just like everything else in your home, your ducts need maintenance to work properly.
With your ducts in places like the attic and under the house, it’s easy for things like dust, dander, and pollen to get into your ductwork. Sometimes even mold can grow in the ducts. This is something that happens with time and use. Even if you routinely change your air filters and clean and maintain your furnace, debris can find their way into your ducts. And this debris can make you sick.
Let in the Fresh Air
Fresh air is more important than most homeowners may realize. We understand we talk a lot about improving your indoor air quality with purifying technology, but that doesn’t negate the need for a healthy dose of fresh air.
Any air that comes from an HVAC system is recycled air. Meaning all the air in your home goes through the HVAC system over and over again which could lead to stale air. The unfortunate thing about stale air is that it doesn’t have enough fresh oxygen to be beneficial. By incorporating some outdoor air into the mix, you can make sure the air in your home is fresh and full of oxygen.
Think About Make the Switch to HEPA Filters
We hear a lot of talk about HEPA filters, but what are they exactly? To keep things simple, HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air and the device is a mechanical air filter that can remove up to 99.9% of indoor air contaminates
depending on the strength of the filter. As an added bonus, HEPA filters can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms
if anyone in your house is sensitive.
Is Your Home Heater Making You Sick? Bell Brothers is Here to Help
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms we mentioned in this post? It might be time to have an HVAC technician out to look at your furnace. Bell Brothers’ certified technicians are expertly trained every year to make sure they’re up to date with the latest trends and technology in home air. If you’re in Sacramento, Stockton, Vacaville, the Bay Area, or any surrounding communities, schedule an appointment today. Simply call the number at the top of the screen or click here to book an appointment online.