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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Air Conditioning Maintenance for Changing Seasons

by Jamie Shaw

As seasons change, switching between heating and cooling or turning any kind of temperature control on can lead to a mess. Some buildings collect a lot of dust during downtime, meaning that as soon as you turn on the heating or air conditioning, the entire place may be blasted with clouds of dust and debris. Here are a few air conditioning issues to keep in mind as you prepare for season changes.

Dust, Debris, and Smoke

Dust building up inside air ducts isn't difficult fix as long as you get to it early. It's easier to clean out ducts and vents before turning on heating or air conditioning, but once you turn the systems on, you'll have more problems to deal with.

An excess of dust in the air is a problem for some people. Allergies and breathing issues can't simply be toughed out, and there will be costs either in lost productivity, lost sleep, or medication needs no matter how well a person can act their way through choking in a dusty building.

Another version of this problem exists specifically for heating. When dust builds up on the heating element, a small amount of burning will happen that will deliver a familiar burning smell that many people are familiar with during the start of colder seasons. If your ducts haven't been cleaned out in years, this problem will last longer.

Filter Choices During Major Maintenance

Season changes are a good time to change filters and consider different filter types. Whether you're managing a home or a commercial building, the type of filter can change the air quality in major ways.

Many homes stick with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters because of their ability to capture multiple allergens. In commercial buildings such as warehouses and multi-story business buildings, a HEPA filter may be too much.

No matter the type of building, a more strict filter means harder work for heating an air conditioning. The system has to run longer to produce the same level of temperature change because air is being strained through at a lower rate.

For businesses or large houses that notice major power bill increases based on clogged filters or incorrect filters, stick to specific filter types. Allergy filters for pollen, ragweed, or other airborne allergens are available. Pet dander filters are great for homes with shedding pets, while air pollution filters are great for buildings with high air pollution such as car pollution or smoke.

Contact an air conditioning installation and maintenance professional to discuss changes needed to your building before the weather gets too uncomfortable.