Make 2017 the year of good health for you and your family. It’s not just enough to eat right and exercise regularly. Don’t forget about other influences on your health, like the quality of the air inside your house. In some cases, the air inside is even more polluted than the air outside. Certainly, that is not air that you want your family to be taking in. To improve the air quality and your family’s health, you need to take some simple steps.

The Dangers of Mold

It’s a good idea to have your HVAC unit cleaned and inspected on a regular basis for mold growth. It doesn’t take long for it to grow and its presence can pose some serious health risks for your family. Common places that it will appear are in your ducts, coils, intake vents and drip pans. A full inspection requires the trained eye of a professional.

The very first thing that will alert you to a mold problem? A mildew smell emanating from the unit. You’ll want to take care of this as soon as possible because forced air running through your HVAC unit will push those dangerous mold spores throughout your home. Mold is typically removed with a special cleaning agent that is flushed through the system.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning dirty-air-duct

Cleaning out your ducts can significantly reduce dust in your home, which is great news for allergy sufferers. It’s also a step that not only helps with your physical health but with your financial health too. Clean ducts are more energy efficient when it comes to heating and cooling, which will save you money.

Make sure that you call in a trained professional that you can trust. Unfortunately, there are lots of companies out there that claim they can do the job. It’s precision work that takes the right equipment and a commitment to getting the job done right.

humidifier_staywarm_winterLearn the Benefits of Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

When there is too much moisture in your home, mold will grow more easily. When there is too little, there are a bunch of other health problems that will emerge and are especially bothersome for people with allergies or asthma. Common problems are dry, itchy skin, brittle hair, and difficulties with respiratory issues.

To bring that moisture balance correctly to your home, you need to make use of humidity regulating equipment. Plug in a dehumidifier unit to draw out the excess moisture. These are really helpful in areas that smell musty, like the basement.

When the air is too dry (as it often is when the heat goes on) then it’s time for the humidifier to go to work. The most efficient choice is a whole home humidifier, which will moisturize the air right at the source as it is heated.

For more information and other helpful hints, call Total Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning today at (540)-373-9780. We are proud to serve Fredericksburg, VA and surrounding area.

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