3. 25. 2019
Written by: Metro Air
Allergy season will soon be in full swing now that we have officially switched seasons from winter to spring. Springtime means everything starts blooming and pollen and other airborne allergens will start increasing. And that’s just outside. Indoor air quality can be even worse than outdoor air. When it comes to helping reduce allergy symptoms, your heating and cooling system can play a role in that. In fact, HVAC maintenance can reduce springtime allergies. Here’s how.
Your HVAC system has an air filter that captures dust, mold, pet dander, dirt, and other allergens that float through the air. Trapping these things is great, but over time, they will build up in the filter. If you don’t clean the filter regularly, then all those dust and pollen particles will be recirculated back into the air you breathe. That’s a recipe for an allergy attack. Be sure to clean and/or replace the filter every 1 to 2 months.
For people with intense seasonal allergies, another thing to consider is adding an air purification system to your home. These products can kill up to 99% of pathogens and other irritants that are in the air of your home.
We proudly carry a variety of Bryant air filter systems and air purifiers including:
- Evolution® Perfect Air™ Purifier for Fan Coils
- Evolution® Perfect Air™ for Furnaces
- Preferred™ Series Air Purifier
- Preferred™ Series EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter
Last, be sure to stay on top of annual preventative maintenance appointments for your heating and cooling system. Spring just arrived and this is the perfect time to get your system inspected. Our experienced team at Metro Air will take a close look at the inside components of your system. We will also run an energy efficiency check, clean or replace air filters, and make sure there are no outstanding issues that need to be addressed.
This year, tackle allergy season head on! The first step is to schedule your HVAC maintenance appointment right away! Contact us today to get on our schedule so you can stay healthy and comfortable all spring.
3. 18. 2019
Written by: Metro Air
Insects, pets, rodents can all wreak havoc on your outdoor heating and cooling system units. Thankfully, there are some helpful ways to keep pests away from the outdoor condenser unit. Here’s what you should know about pests and your HVAC system.
#1: Inspect first.
Once a month, look closely around the outdoor unit. Watch for chewed wires, ant mounds, and feces. If you notice a pest issue around the unit, call a professional pest control company to get rid of them. If there is an issue with the electrical lines or wires of the system, call our experienced team at Metro Heating and Air Conditioning. We can get things examined and fixed. Damaged wires will not only cause issues with your system, but it could be a safety hazard too.
#2: Keep an eye on your pet.
We know that your pets are like family to you. However, if you let them out to relieve themselves and they end up urinating on the outside unit, this could cause corrosion over time. This could mean that your system will become significantly damaged. It could even mean you will need to fully replace the unit at some point down the road. Keep your dogs away from the system by planting a hedge or by building a barrier. Be sure that there is a minimum 24-inch clearance around the entirety of the unit so HVAC professionals can access it if needed.
#3: Keep it clean.
Pests and rodents like dirty spaces. So, keeping your system clean will help deter them. Clear leaves and debris, then remove piles of trash or wood that could attract pests. Also, make sure to never stack anything on top of the system.
#4: Stay on top of professional maintenance.
Spring is the perfect time to schedule your annual HVAC system tune-up. Just like you get your car’s oil changed regularly, be sure to keep your system maintained regularly, too. These appointments are important to maintaining the life and integrity of the system. These will help it last longer and function at peak efficiency. We will also clean air filters and make sure there are no issues that need to be fixed on the inside of the system.
Now that you know all about pests and your HVAC system, take note! If you notice that water is pooling around the system and that it is getting stagnant, this could be a draw to potential pests. Call us if you think there are leaks or signs of water damage around the HVAC system before any other damage occurs or before rodents invade. We are standing by to help!