IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

Excess Dust Can Impede A/C Performance — A Service Call Can Help

April 19, 2012   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

Excess Dust Can Impede A/C Performance -- A Service Call Can HelpAre you seeing an excessive buildup of dust in your Arizona home? Not only is it unsightly and unhealthy for you and your loved ones, but did you also know that it can impact the efficiency and performance of your air conditioning (A/C) significantly? Once dust gets into your air conditioning, it can affect everything from the filters to the motor. However, getting service will help eliminate the issues that allow dust to get into your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.

How does dust get in?

The most likely place dust can enter your home and A/C system is through open doors and windows, especially during the vicious storms that tend to plague Arizona. This gives dust full access to your home’s nooks and crannies, but also to your HVAC system’s vents and ductwork. Dust may be deep into the system without you even knowing it.

How will service help?

Dust buildup can affect the efficiency and life span of your HVAC system. However, regular service by a professional HVAC contractor can ensure that dust doesn’t wreak havoc on your home. Your contractor can do the following to rid your system of dust and keep it from building up:

  • Clean the ductwork: Because they’re out of sight, you might not think much about what’s clogging your ductwork. However, your technician can clean your ductwork, removing dust, contaminants, mold, pet dander, animal droppings or any other pollutants.
  • Check for leaks: A break in the seal of the ducts allows contaminants of all types into your home including dust, allergens and pollutants. Leaking ducts also lead to moisture and mold.
  • Clean, inspect and lubricate components: Dust that invades the motor and other moving parts may eventually cause a breakdown. Additionally, dust buildup can cause excessive wear and tear, and break down lubrication. This can cause your A/C to become inefficient, wear down and potentially be louder than normal if components begin to grind against each other.

If it seems as if you have excess dust in your home, give you local HVAC contractor a call. Service is the most effective way to keep your heating and cooling system healthy and free of damaging contaminants.

For more information, or to sign up for our Comfort Club preventive maintenance plan, contact the experts at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve proudly served customers in the East Valley of Phoenix since 2001, and look forward to helping you with all of your heating and cooling needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about excess dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Ocean Air, Air Conditioning & Heating services the East Valley of Phoenix. Visit our website to see our current promotions and get started today!     

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