Everyone knows smoking is a health risk; however, its impact on your HVAC system is perhaps one of its little known dangers. Even a new air conditioning system can suffer from excessive indoor smoking, which in turn affects the rest of your home and can lead to costly repairs or replacement. The effects of smoking inside your house range from known health problems to you or your loved ones to technical problems with your unit.
Let our HVAC specialists at R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating show you below what can happen to your heating and cooling system when exposed to cigarette smoke indoors:
The Smoke Stays
Smokers are aware of just how much smoke lingers on clothes and skin. In a closed environment with a controlled atmosphere like a home with a new heating system installation or air conditioning system, this is even more pronounced. The particles can cause headaches and allergic reactions in anyone who inhales them, exposing more people to its dangers.
Smoke Clogs Up Filters
HVAC filter changes are part of the routine 30- to 90-day HVAC maintenance recommended by many experts. Homeowners with a smoker residing in their home tend to reduce the time between filter changes to about 10 to 30 days. This is mainly because smoke particles can also latch onto dust particles, which can get trapped more frequently in the filters.
Dealing With Cigarette Smoke
One way to avoid costly AC and plumbing repairs caused by indoor smoking is to use air purifiers or sanitizers. While these devices don’t catch 100% of smoke particles, they can lessen the effects quite well. Of course, this is no substitute for simply going outside every time the smoker is hit with the urge to smoke.
At R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating, we can help you design your HVAC system and maximize the indoor air quality in your home. Give us a call at (505) 327-7755 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on new HVAC installations today.