Your HVAC system makes a significant contribution to the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home by filtering air and removing particulates and other contaminants. If your indoor air is generally poor and filled with material such as dust, dirt, mold, pollen and fibers, it could affect the condition and performance of your heating and cooling equipment. Here’s a brief explanation of how indoor air quality affects the HVAC system in your Savannah home:
- Poor IAQ clogs HVAC system air filters: If your indoor air contains a lot of particulates, the air filter in the system will get dirty and clogged much sooner. This air filter is intended to capture and hold particulates and remove them from the air that circulates through the system. However, large amounts of particulates will fill up an air filter and keep it from doing its job. Dirty air filters can also lead to HVAC equipment malfunctions and breakdowns.
- Poor IAQ gets HVAC equipment dirty: The worse the indoor air, the dirtier your HVAC equipment will get. Particulates will settle on system components and inside crevices. If the equipment gets too dirty, system performance and efficiency will be affected. Dirty parts wear out faster and moving components could be damaged by increased friction or reduced lubrication.
- Poor IAQ can impair ductwork function: The ductwork is the network of pipes that carries warm or cool air to your home’s interior. Low IAQ levels can cause dirt and other material to accumulate in the ductwork, which could block or restrict airflow. This will reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of your HVAC equipment. If there’s too much material in the ductwork, it could be reintroduced to the interior spaces of your home. Insulation inside the ductwork could get wet, which will create places for mold, mildew, microorganisms, or microbes to grow and potentially cause further contamination of your indoor air.
McDevitt Air has served the communities of Savannah, Pooler, and Bluffton, Georgia for the last 35 years. Contact us today for more information on indoor air quality and how indoor air quality affects the HVAC system.
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