Indoor air quality combines clean air with temperature, odor, and humidity control.
The role of an air conditioning unit is not limited to circulating cool air inside a house. The latest air conditioning systems, particularly high-efficiency systems, also control the IAQ or “Indoor Air Quality” in a house.
Importance of IAQ
Indoor air quality is significant to the well being, health and finances of a homeowner. The following hints allow homeowners to maintain a fresh, clean and healthy indoor air inside their homes.
1) Replace air filters every three months or at the start of the heating and cooling season
Filters prevent pollen, dust, spores and other pollutants, which affect the health of residents from entering the house. Replacing the filter is necessary since dirty filters reduce airflow, which affects the efficiency of the system and increases the operating expenses of the system. Dirty filters may also result in overheating of the system along with other issues that can permanently damage the system. Verify the recommendation of the original equipment manufacturer for proper scheduling
2) Acquire a system with a high SEER rating
To ensure good air quality inside the house, a longer air circulation period is required to allow air to continuously go through the filter. High efficiency systems use low power at extended periods of time. They also ensure continuous air flow inside the house while enhancing both air quality and energy efficiency. High efficiency systems offer variable speed modes that manage the volume of air flow and cool air they produce.
3) Refrain from using ductless air conditioning systems without appropriate filtration systems
These systems were designed for use in small areas. If they are used as add-on systems to the main air conditioning system, the filtration and air circulation results may have some undesirable effects. The critical thing to ensure healthy dust-free air is to make certain that air is moving throughout the central ducted air conditioning system
4) Maintain a low humidity level
Humidity increases the temperature of the air, which compels people to increase the power of their air conditioning system. The absence of humidity enhances comfort at high temperatures, which decreases the energy expenses. The central air conditioning system functions like an air filter as it removes humid air from the house. This enhances the efficiency of the system and allows it to perform better for extended periods of time. Aside from affecting comfort, high humidity levels also promote the growth of molds, which is detrimental to the health of the occupants of the house.
The central air conditioning system can ensure good indoor air quality for years to come provided you choose the right equipment and have it installed properly, and ensure regular filter changes and other maintenance. Air Excellence Heating and Cooling can help improve you indoor air quality and extend the life of your St. Louis HVAC system with regular and scheduled maintenance.