Keeping Your Indoor Air Quality Healthy

While the main purpose of your air conditioning unit is to keep your home cool, it can also help maintain optimal air quality in your living space. There are a number of factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality, and while you, as the homeowner, can do things such as opening your windows on cool days to promote ventilation, you will need a residential ac services professional to inspect your unit to make sure it is functioning properly. Here are some things you need to know about poor indoor air quality and how an ac services contractor can help keep your air quality healthy for you and your family:

Damaged Ductwork

One of the most significant causes of poor indoor air quality is a leaky ductwork system. If your air ducts have dents or holes in them, outdoor pollutants such as pollen, dust, dirt, and even fumes can get into the ductwork and subsequently get redistributed into your home. It is important that you get your ductwork inspected on a regular basis so that minor dents, cracks, or holes can be recognized and repaired.

If the holes are small and confined to a small space, only the damaged portions will need to be replaced. If, however, the entire ductwork system is in poor shape because of multiple holes, you may need to have it entirely replaced.

While you may not welcome the financial aspect of having your entire ductwork system replaced, it may save you money in the long run because it will help keep your utility bills from skyrocketing. A new ductwork system will also keep your indoor air quality healthy so that you and your family don't get sick from breathing in mold spores, dust, and other allergens.

Dirty Filters

If your air filters are dirty, even a well-maintained air conditioning unit will do little to keep your air quality healthy. Not only can dirty air filters diminish the efficiency of your air conditioner, but they can also pose a health risk for those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, allergies, and heart disease.

Your residential ac services contractor can check your filters to determine if they are the disposable type or if they are the reusable type. Reusable filters simply need to be rinsed with clear water to remove debris, and then they can be put back in the unit.

While many homeowners maintain their air filters on their own, it is best to call an air conditioning professional who will replace, clean, and install your filters according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not properly remove or install your filters according to the manufacturer's instructions, your warranty may be voided should your unit break down. 

If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, make an appointment with an air conditioner services contractor. He or she will inspect your system and recommend ways to improve your air quality so that you and your family stay comfortable and healthier.