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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

Three Tips For Minimizing Dust Buildup On The Exteriors Of Your Air Duct Intake Vents

by Billie Carlson

Your home's duct system wouldn't be able to function without all of the vents on your ceilings, walls, and floors that it's connected to. While supply vents near and on the floor supply newly heated or cooled air to your home, intake vents on walls and ceilings take air out. To improve overall air quality by way of minimizing dust buildup on the exteriors of your air duct intake vents, follow these three tips.

Don't Place Any Fabric, Furniture Or Wall Decorations Near Your Vents

Even though dust can accumulate on almost any surface, fabric objects are particularly vulnerable. This is both because rough and uneven fabrics create dust particles in their own right and because dust can cling to microscopic fibers much more easily than it can cling to relatively smooth surfaces.

Therefore, if you want to significantly decrease the rate at which one of your exterior air duct intake vents accumulates dust, simply keep any fabric furniture or wall decorations far away from it. If you don't want to move any furniture around for aesthetic reasons, remember to pay special attention to intake vents near fabric when it's cleaning time.

Periodically Wipe Down The Vents' Surrounding Walls With A Towel And Warm Water

Since they're always sucking in air, intake vents are much more vulnerable to exterior dust buildup than supply vents. To help with keeping down dust in this unfavorable situation, one of the most important things you can do is periodically wipe down wall sections near all of your intakes vents with a towel that's soaked in warm water.

There's no need to get too aggressive when you're spreading your towel on the wall. If you put too much pressure on the wall or the water you soaked your towel in is too hot, you could end up causing more damage than you prevent.

Pay Special Attention To Vents In Carpeted Rooms That You Frequently Traverse

Just as intake vents near fabric furniture and wall decorations are particularly vulnerable, so do vents in rooms with thick carpeting require particular care. This is especially true in a carpeted room that is frequently traversed by either yourself or your family; every time someone walks over the carpet, a large amount of dust on it is kicked up into the air.

Even if the carpet in the room isn't yet dirty enough to bother you, keep to a regular vacuum schedule that completely minimizes the amount of dust your intake vent gets exposed to. If you do this, improved air quality will mean that your home's inhabitants will be far less likely to develop sudden and inexplicable sneezing fits.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Coastal Home Services or a similar company.