Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Does a Dusty House Mean HVAC Issues?

A layer of dust can even accumulate right after cleaning. Dust derives from many sources. Internally, the accumulation of dead skin flakes and pet dander creates dust. Externally, whatever is wafting into your home from the outdoors will create that annoying layer of dust. Every home is different. After about a year or so, you begin to figure out the rate at which your indoor space gathers dust. If you notice a sudden increase in dust accumulation within your home, it could be a sign of HVAC issues.


When Does Your HVAC Cause More Dust?

Two potential HVAC problems may be the cause for your dustier home.  


Starting with the simplest to fix one, when is the last time you changed your HVAC filter? The air filter is responsible for catching dust, debris, and allergens during intake before anything can travel into the system. However, as the filter gets dirtier, it becomes less efficient at this job. Instead, the filter is so full of dust that dusty air is all it can get, so it pumps it into your home. 


Solution: Professional HVAC companies and air quality associations recommend changing your filter every three months or even just every heating and cooling season change if you are forgetful.


The second cause is a little more problematic. As we mentioned earlier, dusty air can come from the outdoors. If a draft is coming from your vents, you most likely have a hole or gap is somewhere inside the duct system. This unfiltered air can cause lower air quality as well as force your system to work longer because the air is not the proper temperature.


Solution: Unlike a filter, this situation requires an HVAC professional to fix it.


Contact Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to have your HVAC system evaluated and serviced. For as much time as we spend inside our homes, you must make sure your air quality stays free of extra dust, allergens, and debris.