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Indoor Air Quality: What Is It and Does Your A/C Make a Difference?

AC System Indoor Air Quality

The air quality inside the average home is worse than the air just outside the front door. The tight construction of modern homes discourages fresh air circulation. This traps pollen, dust, dander, and other pollutants inside. It also traps humidity and odor particles. And that significantly impacts your home’s indoor air quality.

When someone refers to indoor air quality (IAQ), they are talking about a combination of humidity, temperature, odor, and cleanliness. If any one of these factors is out of line, your IAQ will suffer.

The Impact of Your A/C on Your Indoor Air Quality

Today’s air conditioners do much more than cool the air. They help you control the quality of air inside your home.

#1 Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your A/C unit help capture airborne dust, pollen, and other small particulates. This prevents the inside of the A/C unit from getting clogged. It also improves the air quality coming out of the system.

Check your air filters at least once a month, and if the filter is dirty, clean or replace it. At a minimum, you should change it every three months.

A dirty filter not only decreases air quality. It can restrict airflow into the A/C unit, which makes it work harder. This increases running and repair costs.

#2 Invest in a New, More Efficient A/C

If your current A/C is nearing the end of its useful life, it’s time to think about an upgrade.

You want a system that’s going to run longer to keep the air flowing through the filter. Going with a higher efficiency A/C will get you a unit that runs longer, but using less power. This improves air quality, without driving up your energy bill.

High-efficiency systems have a SEER rating of 16 or higher. These units often come with a variable speed mode that lets you adjust the airflow as you desire.

#3 Avoid Ductless Air Conditioners

Window air conditioners and ductless mini-split systems do not have the central A/C system’s filtration. They are good for smaller spaces where your current A/C system doesn’t reach. However, they don’t have the air circulation needed for good indoor air quality.

#4 Manage the Humidity Level for Indoor Air Quality

High humidity levels make the inside of your home uncomfortable, especially during the hot season here in Central Florida.

A central A/C unit can remove a lot of that moisture if it’s able to run for longer periods of time. When the humidity drops, you will feel more comfortable. In fact, with lower humidity levels, you may find that you can run the A/C at a higher temperature without compromising comfort.

If you want to learn more about indoor air quality or talk about installing a new air conditioner, call Action Cooling and Heating today.

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