Your air conditioning system not only adds coolness and comfort to your home when it’s hot outside, it can also improve your indoor air quality. Indoor air quality refers to the cleanliness of the air inside your home combined with humidity, temperature control and odour. Since indoor air quality can affect everything from your health to your monthly energy bills, it’s important to know how to keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Check out our five tips for getting the best out of your AC system and work on improving your indoor air quality.
1. Change Your Air Filters
Air filters help keep your indoor air quality clean by filtering out dust, pollen and other airborne particles. A dirty air filter can result in less air flow, make your system work harder and cost you more in monthly energy bills. Dirty filters can also make your system overheat or cause other permanent damage. They can also impact your health. For optimal air quality, aim to change your air filters every three months or, at the bare minimum, the beginning of every heating or cooling season.
2. Keep Humidity Low
Everyday activities such as cooking, showering and washing dishes can add moisture to the air and therefore raise the humidity level. Humidity makes the air feel hotter, which typically causes people to turn up their AC. With less humidity, your home will feel more comfortable at higher temperatures, helping you save on energy bills. High humidity can also encourage mould to grow, which can lead to health issues.
3. Add Houseplants
Another way to help keep your indoor air clean and fresh is to bring nature indoors. Houseplants conveniently absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, while people and animals breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Houseplants filter the air by creating fresh oxygen and as a result, improve your air quality.
4. Open Your Windows and Keep Your Floor Clean
If there’s no fresh air coming into your home, it’s recirculating the same air. By regularly opening your windows, you’re allowing fresh air to come into your home that can then be circulated. Keeping your floors clean can also help improve your indoor air quality. By sweeping, mopping and vacuuming, you’re removing dirty particles that would end up in the air, and creating less work for your air filters.
5. Service or Replace Your Air Conditioning System
It’s always important to keep your AC unit clean and maintained with an annual service call from a certified professional, but if your unit is 10 years or older, consider replacing it with a higher efficiency system. High efficient Air Conditioning can not only save you a bit of money in energy bills, these systems help you maintain good air quality by increasing air circulation, which allows the air to constantly pass through the filter. This improves your overall air quality and is more energy-efficient than older models. Look for High SEER AC systems (>16 SEER), which feature variable speed modes, so you can modify the amount of cooling and airflow that’s delivered to your home.
If you have questions about your air filters or need to service or replace your AC system, contact the Precision HVAC Mechanics team today. We’d be happy to help!