How The Recent Wildfires Impact Your HVAC

Another day of over 90 degree heat. Another day of poor air quality.

Just another summer along the Front Range.

Even if your home hasn’t been near one of the many wildfires raging out of control, it can still impact the air quality inside.

An HVAC system is designed to take in fresh air from the outside and circulate it inside your home. However, when that fresh air supply is poor quality, and has remnants of the wildfire floating in the air, it’s going to filter into your HVAC system.

how-the-recent-wildfires-impact-your-hvacIt is capable of filtering out dust and debris. But when you have consistent days where the air supply holds a variety of particles and contaminants, that job becomes more difficult to perform. It can also result in inefficient operation, leaving you to deal with the consequences. They include:

A dirty air filter

Air filters are one of the first pieces of equipment to feel the impact of a dirty air supply. They fill up with dust and other contaminants, including ash, soot, smoke, and other airborne debris. Your air filter does what it can to remove this from the air supply, but eventually, it becomes overwhelmed. It leaves more of the problems out in your home, landing all over your personal belongings.

Dirty air ducts

If contaminants aren’t caught in the air filter, they move around inside your air ducts every time your furnace or air conditioner turns on. That means even if contaminants entered in one area of the HVAC system, they can quickly spread throughout your home. It can get trapped in the joints, living there for years. Add a little moisture, and it can turn even more problematic, such as with mildew or mold.

A clogged compressor

When dust and other debris moves throughout the ventilation system, it eventually travels back into your heating and cooling equipment. Your outside air conditioner or heat pump can also be exposed to ash and soot falling from the sky. If you can see it settling on top of the equipment, or on your patio table or outside chairs, it can find its way inside your heating and cooling system too. If it builds up on the cooling fins, it can interfere with the process of heating and cooling your home.

What should you do?

Schedule your annual maintenance visit now. This fall is the perfect time to check out all of your HVAC equipment and ensure it’s ready for the coming winter season. We’ll give your system a complete check-up and ensure it’s ready for a drop in temperature. It can make your air quality better, as well as give your equipment new life.

And that’s a great way to start out autumn.

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