Air Conditioning Maintenance Enhances Indoor Air Quality
How would you rate the quality of indoor air in your home? If you said, I don’t know, chances are, you aren’t keeping your air conditioning maintenance up-to-date. Regularly scheduled ac cleaning is essential to ensure your unit is working efficiently.
Not only will your system consume less energy, resulting in lower utility bills, your family will be healthier. If you’re like most homeowners, you subscribe to the rule, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
But, you can’t see air!
So, doesn’t it make sense to practice preventative air conditioning maintenance, rather than waiting until a family member suffers frequent allergy or asthma attacks from poor air quality?
What the Experts say
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Indoor Air Quality is one of the top five hazards to human health. The EPA has found that the air inside of homes is potentially 2-5 times more polluted than outside air.
Just because you can’t see contaminants, such as mold spores, debris from dust mites or pollen, doesn’t mean they don’t exist in your indoor air.
Let’s explore how professional air conditioning maintenance keeps your unit running at peak efficiency.
The humidity in your home should be just right – excessive dryness promotes static electricity and dry skin, whereas too much humidity causes the air to feel sticky.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards for humidity of indoor air is 40-60% during air conditioning time of year and 35% throughout the heating season.
Benefits of UV Lights
Installing UV lights in prominent places of your HVAC system will help get rid of airborne pollutants. While the EPA suggests UV lights may not be 100% successful, they will help reduce the amount of harmful micro-organisms in your residence.
Germicidal UV lights work in concert with the ac filter to purify indoor air. First, the filter encapsulates contaminants. Then, the UV light emits a frequency that breaks down the micro-organisms.
Why It’s Important to Clean Interior Coils
You literally can’t see air and you physically can’t see the interior aka evaporator coil because it is hidden. Still, it is an important phase of ac cleaning because this coil is an accumulator. The interior coil draws dirt, mold, etc. and accumulates contaminants, leading to poor quality of indoor air.
HVAC technicians advise that the efficiency of your system will increase 16% following a thorough cleaning of interior coils.
Consequences of Clogged Drain Lines
Your unit has a condensate drain line that disperses liquid from the condensation pan onto your yard. The liquid results from the removal of moisture (humidity) from indoor air.
If the liquid were clear, your drain lines would not clog up. But, it is not clear, as generally, condensation contains bacteria and/or dust particles, depending upon how frequently the filter is changed. Ultimately, the combination of dust particles and bacteria generates a nasty looking sludge, which permeates with mold.
Left on its own, the goopy mess will stop up the drain line and you could be facing an expensive repair.
Good Quality Air Filters Essential
As a homeowner, keeping a clean air filter in your unit is your main line of defense against bacteria, mold spores, pollen and dust particles.
In between air conditioning maintenance, change the air filter every three months. The MERV 9-12 air filters are the top quality available for non-commercial systems. This is the only filter to use if a family member suffers from asthma or allergies.
Otherwise, MERV 5-8 filters are adequate for most home HVAC needs.
Note: MERV means “minimum efficiency reporting value”, which is the standard measure of air filter effectiveness.
Make it happen! Make an appointment for air conditioning maintenance today and enjoy high quality indoor air tonight.