Is Your Air Conditioning Unit Causing Poor Indoor Air Quality?
The warm weather is here once again, which means Sacramento homeowners are beginning to turn their air conditioning units back on for the first time of the year. One important thing to take into consideration, however, is the fact that your AC has been sitting dormant for the past handful of months. When you turn it back on for the first time after a long while, you could be spreading dirt, debris and other pollutants throughout your home.
Instead of turning the AC on without thought this year, take a moment to consider the effect that doing so can have on indoor air quality.
Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
At California Energy Services, we believe that indoor air quality is one of the most important aspects of home efficiency and safety. Why? It can have a direct effect on the health and safety of you and your family. This is especially true for those who suffer from asthma and allergies, in which case poor indoor air quality can become a truly significant issue. Many people don’t think about their air conditioning units when attempting to improve indoor air quality, but the impact they can have is undeniable.
Fortunately, there are things that you can do to ensure that your home isn’t plagued by poor indoor air quality as a result of your AC, and it doesn’t have to be as hard as you might think.
Tips for Keeping Your Air Fresh, Clean and Healthy
Even if your AC unit is relatively old, there are a number of different things you can do to ensure that it doesn’t negatively affect your indoor air quality. Here are just a few tips to lead you in the right direction:
Change Your Air Filters Often
Be sure to change them at least at the beginning of every heating or cooling season—preferably every three months. Filters help to keep dust and debris from entering the conditioned area of your home, thus improving indoor air quality and also reducing the energy load on your systems. Dirty filters can lead to permanent damage, so the more you can do to keep this issue at bay, the better.
Keep Humidity Levels Low
Humidity can cause the air to feel hotter than it actually is, prompting people to crank their AC units. If you can keep the humidity in your home to a minimum, you can actually make the home more comfortable while also reducing energy costs.
Get a High SEER System
ACs are measured with an efficiency rating called the seasonal energy efficiency ratio. High efficiency systems with a SEER rating of 16< typically feature stepped or variable speed modes that have a way of changing the amount of cool air that is delivered, thus making them far more energy efficient than traditional cooling systems from the past.
If you’re ready to take a closer look at how your AC is performing or are in need of air conditioning repair, CES is here to help. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our cooling specialists!