Keeping the dust and mold in your home to a minimum can feel like a full time job on the Northshore.
If you’re trying to improve your indoor air quality, there are some common sense things you can do to help including:
- Check doors and windows to make sure they’re properly sealed
- Regularly replace air filters
- Regularly clean hepa filters or fans around the home
Even if you are doing all those things, you might still be pulling dust and mold from your attic and dumping it right on top of your family!
Wait…how, you ask?
When’s the last time you inspected your air handler(s) in the attic?
Dumping Attic Allergens Into Your Home
Your air conditioning pumps sit outside the home where you can see them every time you walk by. But your air handlers sit in the attic and go largely unnoticed. Until there’s a problem.
Air handlers regulate and direct air to the different rooms in your home. These rectangular shaped boxes are under a tremendous amount of strain and pressure both from internal forces as well as the heat, dust and humidity of your attic.
These air handlers can potentially develop cracks or leaks for a number of reasons. One of the most common is a clogged drain (http://threeriversairandheat.com/the-best-89-youll-ever-spend/) which leads to mold buildup. Also, many older units were made of metal and are simply rusting away over time.
Here you can see a picture of an air handler that we recently removed from one client’s home. And YES, that is cracked, rusty metal!
Here is a close up view of the broken air handler:
As you can imagine, the client had a serious problem with both dust and mold getting into their home. But the good news is that they don’t have that problem anymore!
What’s Different About Trane Air Handlers?
We are Trane Certified Comfort Specialists, so when it’s time to replace your A/C equipment, we go with Trane.
The reason is simple – quality.
If you look at the old metal air handler above, you don’t have to be an AC technician to see why it has to be replaced.
New Trane air handlers are built with a refrigerator-style cabinet that fully covers the insulation and makes it easy to clean. They come standard with all aluminum coils and a no-leak drain pan to prevent rust. Then they’re coated with a corrosion resistant finish.
Here’s one of the more popular air handler models from Trane:
Don’t guess – get a professional inspection
If the dust in your house is out of control, call us for a professional inspection of your air handler and other AC equipment. We’ll brave the attic temperatures to inspect and test your equipment. If there’s a problem, we’ll explain what the problem is and give you options for fixing it within your budget.