You don’t need to bcouple blowing their nosese a heater repair man to know that people rely on their home’s heating system when temperatures begin to drop. Most homes in Connecticut are fortunate enough to have central heating. Climate controlled homes are very convenient – but could this luxury actually be making you sick?

With a central HVAC system, most homeowners have their heating and cooling systems running year-round. As air is drawn through your HVAC equipment and dispersed out of the vents in your home, dust, pollen, dander and other airborne irritants and toxic particles can build up in the duct system.

As you continue to use your heater or air conditioner throughout the year, small particles can become dislodged and will be dispersed with the conditioned air that is entering your home. This means that you and your family could potentially be breathing in these harmful contaminants, which can cause a number of maladies from flu, colds, respiratory problems, itchy eyes, runny nose, coughs, and sneezes. In fact, even if you don’t have asthma or allergies, dirty air ducts can often leave you with a feeling of general malaise or “sluggishness” as some Connecticut homeowners have referred to it.

This general feeling of not being at your peak can go on for years if your heating system issues remain unaddressed. Many people attribute their malaise to everything from stress at work, a poor immune system, as well as exposure to other people who are sick or simply a normal part of life. They often never stop to think that their own heating system could be contributing to their poor health.

With a decline in indoor air quality, it’s not surprising that health issues begin to arise. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help ensure that your home’s heating system isn’t the culprit behind some of your nagging health concerns. For one thing, your heating and air conditioning systems should each be serviced on an annual basis. You’ll not only be able to make sure that your HVAC equipment is functioning properly, but you’ll know that it is protected from premature failure of mechanical parts.

Once you know that your HVAC equipment is in good condition, you might want to consider having your home’s duct system professionally cleaned. Many HVAC contractors will offer duct cleaning as well as air filtration systems to help keep indoor air quality at its best. As HVAC specialists, we have dealt with many clients who struggle with chronic allergies and asthma. Having clean ducts for your heating and cooling system is absolutely crucial when it comes to curbing these ailments. If you or a loved one suffers from allergies or asthma, it would be wise to ask your heater repair company about High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.  HEPA filters are used in places like medical facilities, automobiles and aircrafts, and must satisfy specific efficiency standards set forth by the United States Department of Energy.