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There’s nothing better than having a fresh start to a new year. It’s so refreshing to get a second chance to reorder and reprioritize your life. Every new year we tend to focus on ourselves, but have you ever thought about ways you can better take care of the place you spend the majority of your time, you know, your home?
The air inside your home has a great impact on you and your family’s health. Not many people know, but the air inside your home is actually five times more polluted than the air outside. Scary, right? Because of that, this year you should try these five New Year’s Resolutions for your home and its HVAC system. These five resolutions will put your house in tip-top shape, working to the best of its ability.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
- Change your air filters regularly. It’s easy to forget to change your air filters on a regular basis, but it must be done. When a filter is clogged, it forces the air handler to work harder to push the air through the filter, increasing your energy bill. To avoid this, write a reminder on every third month for the rest of the year so you won’t forget.
- Organize and de-clutter your home. This gives you one of the best feelings in your home. Set aside time to go through closets and drawers and throw out things that are no longer needed and are “just taking up space.” Use totes and boxes to organize your things properly. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it will also decrease the amount of dust pile up in your home and increase its indoor air quality.
- Consider upgrading your systems. While you review your finances and budget plan for the New Year, you should consider having a whole-house purifier or dehumidifier added to your HVAC system. A purifier will trap and filter out pollutants such as pet dander, mold, dust and smoke, and a dehumidifier will reduce excess moisture and allergy-causing mold and mildew. You can also add a programmable thermostat to your HVAC system, which will give you more comfort and will increase your savings year round.
- Check your ductwork. Your home may look completely spotless after you clean and organize, but there are things you can’t see, like contaminants that may be hiding in your ductwork. You should have your ductwork inspected by an HVAC technician to see if it needs cleaning or repairing. This will prevent pollutants such as mold, bacteria or dust, all of which affect the indoor air quality.
- Schedule an annual tune– Just like we have our annual checkups at the doctor, your HVAC system need an annual tune up to make sure everything is in shape. This will ensure your system is in mint condition and it will resolve any smaller problems that could potentially flare up into larger, more costly problems later on.
Now that you have some resolutions for your home in mind, start organizing and getting your home ready for 2016. And, as always, contact us today to get learn more about our contractors and see what we can do for you.