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How to Avoid Getting Sick When Turning on Your Heater

By Ken Goodrich

Finally. After months of harsh, intense heat, the fall months bring cooler air to our community. Before you turn on your heat, make sure your HVAC won’t pollute your indoor air and, possibly, make you and your family sick. It’s true: one of the most common reasons people get sick in the fall is because their heater is pumping out polluted, contaminated and germ-ridden air and making their lives miserable. Here’s how you should tackle turning on your furnace/heater for the first time this fall to avoid any issues.

What’s the healthiest way to turn on my heater and make sure the air in my home is safe to breathe?

If your air filter and heating coil elements of your HVAC are not cleaned and ready for the heat that comes with turning on your HVAC, it will burn all the built-up pollen, dust, molds, and other dirt elements and blow them into the atmosphere of your residence. Be sure to have your system cleaned and change the filter that will trap tinier contaminants.

What process should I take when first turning-on my heater?

We advise customers to open their windows, turn on the HVAC and let it run for an hour while it clears the season’s debris, then change the filter. By doing these simple steps, you greatly reduce any harm to our family.

How can I ensure the air my family is breathing in my home is free of pollutants?

Air quality in our community is among the worst in the U.S. Our windy and dust-driven climate makes it vital to keep your air ducts clean and free of contaminants. This is especially important during the summer when desert storms bring significant amounts of dust into your home on a daily basis. Some dust contains dangerous spores and diseases like valley fever. Besides dust, insect droppings and pet dander build-up in the ducts and can cause health problems for many including the elderly, small children and those with existing respiratory distress. Keeping your ducts clean will help ensure the air in your home is free of contaminants.

Ken Goodrich is owner and CEO of Goettl Air Conditioning

About Goettl Air Conditioning
Goettl Air Conditioning, established in 1939, offers the highest quality AC and heating equipment and a full range of maintenance, repair and replacement services. Goettl operates in the Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Southern California areas. All Goettl technicians are background-checked, drug-tested and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. Goettl AC was recently named the “Best HVAC” company by readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2017.”

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