Troubleshooting My Furnace

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Troubleshooting My Furnace

As soon as winter rolled around this year, I knew that I had a problem. Our home heating system didn't seem to be working well, and it was really frustrating. We would wake up to absolutely frosty mornings in our own home, and so I decided to pull out the user's manual. I started researching different furnace problems and it occurred to me that the issue might be the filters. I checked them, and you wouldn't believe how full of dust and debris they were. After they were replaced and the air handler was blown out, my furnace started working again. Check out this blog for more information about troubleshooting your furnace.

Breating Easy: Prevent Allergy Issues By Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

During the spring and summer seasons, allergies tend to kick into full gear. Along with outdoor factors, many allergy issues are caused by the allergens inside your house, which are commonly caused by poor air ventilation. Increased allergens in the air are very problematic for anyone who lives in the home that suffers from chronic respiratory illness or asthma. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to decrease the amount of allergens found in your home.

Increase Indoor Ventilation

The primary cause of indoor allergen pollution is a poorly ventilated house. Opening windows is often the go-to cure for increasing air ventilation. However, doing so can sometimes cause even further problems, particularly if you live in a polluted environment. This can also be an issue during pollen season in which you invite even more allergens inside.

Despite these issues, however, opening the windows for a few hours each day can help decrease the irritants found in your home. Try to avoid doing so when it is windy, especially when it is especially dusty outside. The extra ventilation will help air out the dust, perfumes, and any chemical residue that may be causing respiratory problems.

In addition to ventilation with open windows, you should also turn on the air conditioning system regularly, or for at least a few hours during the day. When you do run the air conditioner, make sure the filter is clean to prevent further allergens from circulating.

Keep The Home Dust Free

While it may sound impossible, one way to help prevent allergy attacks is keeping as much dust out of the home as you can. Dust is full of allergens that can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. Dust mites are especially harmful for those with severe allergies. Along with dusting on a regular basis with a microfiber cloth, you should also use a vacuum with a clean filter when you clean the floors.

In order to keep everyone as healthy as possible, it is crucial to keep your indoor air clean. In addition to regular dusting, airing out the home, and running the air conditioner unit as often as possible, you may also want to consider having an air quality test done. To do this, contact your local HVAC technician for help with this procedure. He or she will check different areas of your home for air quality and provide recommendations as to how to improve your home.