Children often bring a lot of love and joy into their parents' lives but can be a challenge for some. For example, children may have a surprising effect on the HVAC unit of their home, one that may require professional help to manage.
Children May Bring Dirt Into The House
Playing outside provides children with the chance to exercise and exert themselves in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, a child coming inside after a few hours of playing could be dragging in a lot of dirt and dust on their shoes and their clothing. This dirt could then go airborne and get sucked up into an HVAC duct.
Thankfully, heaters have air filters that remove dirt from the air. This filter helps to protect the furnace from damage. However, the excessive dirt brought in by children could be too much for an air filter to handle and could cause more unexpected issues.
Why That Dirt Could Be Too Much
The air filters in a heater are designed to manage a reasonable amount of dirt buildup and can withstand months or even years of operation. However, an excessively dirty child could bring in a large volume of contaminants that could put a real strain on their air filters.
And when air filters get dirty or clogged up in a heater, the dirt may start coming off of the screen and land in the heater. Even worse, a dirty filter could cause the heater to run less efficiently and lead to operational issues that decrease its lifespan. Thankfully, there are steps homeowners can take to address this issue.
How To Manage This Problem
Parents concerned about this danger need first to teach their children how to be clean when they come into the house. For example, the child needs to understand that they need to knock the dirt off their shoes and coat while they are outside and that they must remove their shoes before coming into the house and walking around.
Parents should then take the time to clean out their heater's air filter to ensure that it is running smoothly. Most homeowners should be able to perform this step on their own. They may even be able to integrate their children into the process to show them how much dirt their heater sucks up. In this way, the child may learn to be cleaner when coming back in the house.
In many cases, a clean air filter should help a heater run smoothly again. However, more severe heater damage may require professional heating repair to manage. So don't hesitate to get help if your heater is still running poorly after following this advice.