When many homeowners think about their heating and air conditioning system, thoughts generally don’t go beyond its ability to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
As these serve as the primary concerns for most homeowners, it’s easy to forget how important your HVAC system can be when it comes to certain aspects of your health.
Since your HVAC system can act like a “gatekeeper” for all of the air in your home, and you live in and breathe that air — you can clearly see how crucial it is to keep your system well maintained.
Improperly maintained or poorly installed HVAC systems can lead to major issues with the below listed points related to your health.
We hammer this point home quite a bit in our blog feed, but swapping out your air filters is so, so, so important. Not just for the fact that helps your system operate more efficiently (saving you money and extending its lifespan), but also to help remove dust, debris and other small particles from the air.
Not all air filters are built the same, however and each comes with varying degrees of filtration. How much, how small the particles are that you need to filter from the air and what kind of system you have will determine the best filter for your particular situation.
No matter which filter you end up using be sure to make that a big part of whatever preventative maintenance program you and your local HVAC company choose.
Another thing in your home that your HVAC system plays an important role in controlling is the humidity, or amount of moisture in the air.
We all know how brutal our summers can get, and a lot of that has to do with humidity levels outside. Your air conditioning system helps keep these humidity levels down in your home or business.
If your system is sized incorrectly, however, you may find that your home feels cool but the air also feels “sticky” (oversized system) or your system just runs way to often (undersized system).
Either way, excess humidity in the air can create an environment where airborne bacteria can grow and become a health issue in some circumstances.
Low humidity can also be an issue if your system is overworking. Humidity that is too low (which happens a lot this time of year when you’re running your heating system) can cause dry skin and dry sinus cavities.
Dry sinus cavities can make you more prone to respiratory infections and cause bloody noses in some circumstances.
Coming full circle, the temperature in your home or business can play a role in your overall health, particularly if you’re dealing with any symptoms from heat-related or cold-related health issues.
These issues can include heat stroke, dehydration, fever, poor circulation and more; particulary in young children and the elderly. While your HVAC system isn’t necessarily going to cure any of these issues, they can help reduce some of the symptoms related to them.
To ensure your system is doing its best for you and your health be sure that you have a proper maintenance plan in place for on-going check-ups and other important items that keep your system running smoothly.
When it comes time for heating replacement or A/C replacement, be sure your HVAC company has a good track record, and is fully licensed and insured in the state of South Carolina. This way you’ll know it will be installed properly and perform its best for your health.