Stop! Before you move into your new home, there's one last thing to check: the HVAC system. While you may have already made sure it's working, there may still be some basic maintenance you should complete.
Why Should You Check Your HVAC System?
Your home's air circulates through your HVAC system. If your HVAC system is clogged with dust (or even worse, mold), it could be spreading allergens throughout your home. When you move into a new home, there's often no telling what the HVAC system has been through. Dust and allergens could be bad for young children, the elderly, and anyone with asthma or allergies.
During a home inspection, your HVAC system will be checked to make sure that it works. That doesn't necessarily ensure that it's clean or ready for use. And cleanliness doesn't just impact the amount of dust and pollution in the air—it also has a measurable impact on how efficient your HVAC system is going to be. Most homes need their HVAC system cleaned out on an annual basis regardless, so cleaning it when you first move in gives you a head start.
What Should You Check?
● Change the filters. The filters of an HVAC system need to be changed once every few months. In busier households, they may need to be changed up to once a month. Rather than trusting that this has been done, it may be a good idea to install some new ones. At the same time, you can clean out any grates and registers that may be dusty.
● Clean the ducts. Ducts can collect everything from dust to rats! A full duct cleaning will blow out any existing dust and debris while also removing potential blockages that could make the HVAC system less efficient. Ducts can also be sanitized to remove potentially harmful mold; just because the system works doesn't mean it's clean.
● Rinse out the coils. Evaporator coils on an HVAC system can get clogged with dirt, and few homeowners remember to properly service them. Cleaning out the evaporator coils before you start using your HVAC system can improve its overall efficiency, making for a more comfortable move into your brand new home.
Are you ready to move into a new home? Get started now by getting your HVAC system cleaned and inspected. Contact Dust Doctors today for an appointment and consultation.
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