When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
Maintaining your air conditioner will not only cause it to last longer and operate more efficiently, but a well-maintained air conditioner is also better for your health. When an air conditioner is not maintained properly, it will be more likely to spread disease and may also cause respiratory disorders. However, it's easy to reduce the risk of these problems.
Clean and Replace Your Filters
One of the most basic maintenance tasks you must take is to clean your air filters. Not only will not cleaning the filters lead to the AC not operating efficiently enough, but it will also restrict airflow and make the air that you breathe more stagnant and less healthy. The filters are meant to keep out dust, pollen, and spores. Simply removing them and not replacing them will reduce the air quality of your home.
Use a Better Filter
Instead of using the typical fiberglass filter, consider using a HEPA, electrostatic, or carbon filter. An electrostatic filter will typically have a MERV rating of around 8. Also, they are reusable and simply need to be washed. However, you might need to replace one eventually.
Activated carbon and HEPA filters are much better at trapping pollutants. Activated carbon is able to trap the smallest particles and can also remove smoke and volatile organic compounds. If you live in an area that has had a recent fire or where your neighbors are often burning leaves outside, this type of filter can make your home smell better.
Install a High-Efficiency System
High-efficiency systems can improve the air quality of your home by passing air through a filter more continuously. Because they are efficient, they will also be able to operate continuously without using too much energy. With variable speed modes, they are able to change the amount of cooling and airflow.
Use the AC to Remove Moisture
One of the ways that air conditioners improve air quality is by removing humidity. If you live in an area that has a lot of humidity, removing moisture in the air will make you feel cooler. Also, removing moisture from the air can reduce the presence of mold and can also reduce any damage that moisture might cause for your home.
Ask for Advice from an Air Conditioning Service
If you are concerned about how you can improve the health of your home through your air conditioner, make sure to speak with an air conditioning service. There might be a way in which you can upgrade your unit.