How can you boost your home’s health?
Research has shown that frequent hugs can make your immune system stronger. Yes, really. And when we talk about how it’s important to “give your home a hug,” it’s because we see similar benefits, especially when it comes to maintenance and thinking ahead. Just like a healthy immune system fights off issues and keeps your body feeling great, keeping your home’s systems well-maintained and addressing small problems early can prevent bigger (and more costly) problems down the road.
(And a healthy home can mean a healthier you, too.)
So as we move into the heart of spring, here are three things to think about this month that can pay dividends well into the future.
Checking out your HVAC system
Summer will be here before you know it—and that means now is the time to make sure your air conditioning is in good working order. If you have an outdoor unit, examining it is a good place to start. Often, we see AC units and heat pumps that are clogged up with cottonwood fluff, that white stuff you see blowing everywhere certain times of year (but different from that other white stuff). That can present a real problem. Best case, your unit still runs, but not as efficiently as it should. Worst case? It shuts down entirely, damaging or even destroying the compressor.
If you see fluff in your equipment, you can try to vacuum it out or brush it away, or you can contact a professional (hint hint) to give the unit a thorough cleaning. And while we’re there, we can examine the rest of your system as well.
Another reason to consider an inspection and maintenance by a professional is if you’ve had any system leaks in the past. You want to find out if previous repairs are holding strong, or if it might be time for a replacement. Fixing a leak for an old system likely will require adding refrigerant as well, and the type used by many of those older systems has become very expensive.
The last thing you want is for the AC to go out in the dead of summer: Not only will you be sweltering at home, it probably will take longer to get a spot on our calendar (or any company’s). So we’ll tell you whether your current system is in good shape or if it’s time to start thinking about a new one.
Cleaning up your air
Well, this isn’t really something you can do on your own. But if it’s time to replace your AC unit, or if you’re thinking ahead about allergy season and wildfire smoke, it’s also a good idea to think about an air-purification system. Last year’s smoke was among the worst we’ve ever seen, and all of those particles can get into your system—and your home. We can install a device that ionizes the air, literally neutralizing those particles so they don’t make their way into the air you’re breathing.
They’re great for homes with pets as well, because they can remove pet dander, dust, and other allergens. We recommend the Air Scrubber HYPERLINK "https://www.airscrubberbyaerus.com/" by Aerus. Want to learn more? Just ask!
Changing your filters
This is the easiest thing you can do to keep your HVAC system, dehumidifiers, and even some appliances operating efficiently and effectively. Remember, your air-intake filter isn’t for your air—it’s for the air that goes to your heating and cooling systems. And when your filter is too dirty to do its job, that means dust and particles get into your equipment. Keep extra filters on hand. Put a reminder in your calendar to check them and replace them (which you can easily do yourself). Your house will thank you, and your bank account will, too.
Get a check-up for your home
We’re not doctors, but we are definitely experts at diagnosing the health of HVAC and other systems in your home. So give us a call at 509-662-6262 to set up service and maintenance today—and (we hope) avoid major surgery tomorrow!