How Routine AC Repair Reduces Indoor Air Pollution

So many people suffer from allergies or asthma from dust mites, animal dander, pollen and other irritants. Improperly maintained air conditioners can cause all these allergens to enter your indoor air, reducing its quality and making it harder for people with allergies or asthma to breathe. Yearly repairs are extremely important and help improve air quality in three ways.

Filters Get Replaced

Filters are an extremely important part of your AC system, but they are also often overlooked. Out of sight, out of mind, you may completely forget your system even has a filter. It is recommended that you change or clean your air filter once or twice a month during the cooling season. The more often you use the system, the more often the filter must be cleaned or replaced. If you fail to keep your filter clean, not only can this reduce the efficiency of the system, but it can impact the indoor air quality.

A dirty filter has a harder time keep out those allergens you want to avoid. If your system supports HEPA filters, and you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, it may be a good idea to use disposable HEPA filters. A HEPA filters is able to catch pollen, pet dander, dust mites and even smoke with the fine mesh. Another option is to have a UV purification system installed during repair, which fights mold spores and many pathogens. Instead of capturing the particles like a filter, the UV system destroyers them.

Air Ducts Get Cleaned and Repaired

During routine AC repair, you can also have your air ducts inspected and cleaned. Even with great filters, dust and other debris still gathers along the walls of the air ducts. With each gush of cool air, some of these irritants are pushed out and into your living space, affecting your air quality. With the air ducts regularly cleaned, less irritants enter your home.

While cleaning the air ducts, it's also important the technician looks for potential damage to the air ducts. If there are gaps or holes in the ducts this can increase how much dust enters the ducts. Also, when your air ducts have gaps, it allows air to escape, reducing the effectiveness and efficiency of the AC unit.

Humidity Levels Get Checked

Humidity can quickly become a major problem with your AC unit because it leads to mold and mold spores that enter your indoor air. One of the ways a routine cleaning can correct this problem is by ensuring the drainage hole is clear. While you aren't using your AC during the winter, the drainage hole may become clogged, which allows water to stand. Depending on where you live, this may cause mold. A repair technician will keep the drainage hole clean and clear for improved health and functionality.

Sometimes, even if your drainage hole is clear, your system may create too much humidity. Humidity is necessary to keep the air comfortable, but with too much humidity, molds thrive. Even to people without allergies this can be dangerous. Your technician checks your humidity levels to ensure they are perfect enough to keep you cool without promoting mold. If you are particularly worried about mold, consider the previously mentioned UV purification system, which actually destroys the spores that get near the light.

Stop struggling with coughing, sneezing and wheezing in your own home. A good maintenance check of your system can do a lot to help you breathe better. For more information about AC repair, maintenance or cleanings go to websites to contact a technician in your area today to schedule an appointment and start breathing better again.