Vacuuming your home can hurt your HVAC: Thermostat Hacks

Dustin Edwards Written by Dustin Edwards
Vacuuming Impacts HVAC | Edwards Heating & Air

During spring and summer, there are several different types of allergens that start to float around.  Pollen from trees, grass and flowers fluctuates day to day.  Edwards Heating & Air has a few suggestions for homeowners in the Acworth, Georgia area that will help reduce allergens and increase the efficiency of their HVAC unit.

Thermostat Setting

A thermostat is able to control the fan in your heating and air conditioning unit with two settings.  There is the “auto” setting and the “ON” setting.  Before you begin vacuuming, you should set the thermostat fan to “ON”. The allergens that are kicked up during vacuuming will be sucked into the filter at a higher rate in an effort to reduce the indoor allergens quickly.  The filter will work as designed, it is just important to note that during especially high levels of pollen, smoke or other airborne contaminates it will be necessary to have a professional come and replace the filter more frequently.

Air Filters

Another way to cut back on allergens is to replace the air filter often with an HVAC service call.  Individuals who are more susceptible to allergens should have this type of HVAC unit repair done more often than recommended.  Changing the air filter also increases the longevity of your system and increases its energy efficiency.  A clean air filter is the number one defense against allergens constantly circulating throughout your home. You or a technician should replace your air filter as recommended by the manufacturer.

Preventative HVAC Maintenance

There are several advantages of investing in a preventative HVAC maintenance plan for your heating and air unit. Maintenance addresses these issues and more:

  • Proper function of the thermostat settings
  • Lubricate parts that move
  • Tighten all of the electrical connections
  • Inspection of the condensate drain and the system controls
  • Condenser and evaporator coil cleaning
  • Check the refrigerant level
  • Adjustments to the blower mechanisms
  • Inspects gas connections, pressure, heat exchanger and the burner combustion
  • Clean or change air filter

Without annual HVAC maintenance of your unit, there will be more breakdowns due to increased operation to remove allergens in the home.  Breakdowns require HVAC service to diagnose the exact problem and replace or fix any damaged components.  Don’t let your home’s air quality or HVAC system suffer.  Keep up on the unit’s maintenance and prevent expensive HVAC unit repairs in the future!

Cut down on the allergens in your home by calling Edwards Heating & Air.  Our experienced HVAC service technicians are NATE-certified and able to handle any issue within your system.