Clean air is essential for good health and strong immune system. You probably know how much better you feel after a long weekend walk outside of the city. The clean outdoors air could not only elevate your mood but can also help with numerous health issues. Bearing this in mind, it is just as important to breathe clean air while you’re at home.
One of the main contaminants of indoors air actually comes from the very thing that is expected to keep the air refreshed and filter – the air exchanger system. But, as many devices, it needs proper maintenance and regular cleaning in order to function properly.
The air exchanger should refresh your air every 3 hours and regulate the humidity levels inside your home. However, its efficiency can be greatly damaged by germs, bacteria or the effects of dust and contaminants. When its proper function has been compromised, you can experience numerous health issues, including nasal congestion, headaches and severe allergies. Apart from the contaminants and dust in the air, there are health consequences, related to having too much or too little moisture in your home, as well. That’s why it is so important to make sure that your air exchanger is maintained properly and cleaned regularly.
The filters of the air exchanger can actually get really dirty with time. Experts advise on checking and cleaning them every three months or so. If your house is in an industrial zone or near to a dirty rode or construction area, you might need to do this more often. Moreover, the air exchanger tends to become dirtier at particular times of the year – during the pollen season, for example. The rule of thumbs is that if there is visible dirt on the exhaust registers or the walls surrounding it, it’s about time to clean the filters.
You can vacuum the filters to remove to dirt or wash them with a mixture of plain water or soap. Don’t use any detergents as they might actually damage the filters. What you can do is add a little bit of bleach (no more than one tablespoon per gallon) to ensure that the filters are absolutely clean.
You’ll also need to change the filters from time to time. You can do the cleaning by yourself, but as far as your exchanger duct is concerned, it’s best to leave that job to a professional.
However, if you want to make sure that the air exchanger system is clean, you also need to take care of its core. Most of the cores are made of polypropylene and can be cleaned by soaking them into a mixture of warm water and a mild soap. You can also use dishwashing liquid.
It is vital that your air exchange system is clean at all times, as this will improve the quality of indoors air and, subsequently, will benefit your and your family health. If you’re often suffering from headaches, nasal congestion or problems with your sinuses, these health issues might be caused by the poor air quality inside your home. If you or your family members are diagnosed with asthma or suffer from allergies, the symptoms can easily be alleviated by taking proper care of the air exchange system. Families with children should be especially careful about the quality of breathable air as it can greatly damage their health.