Temperatures are continuing to rise here in the Austin area, and that has more and more homeowners cranking up their air conditioning in order to stay cool. Did you know that while your air conditioner pushes cooled air throughout your home, it could also be promoting the spread of dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens?
Your air conditioner can have a major impact on your home’s indoor air quality. If you want to breathe clean and healthy air at home, it’s essential to take care of your AC system.
The Importance of Healthy Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is something that many homeowners neglect to think about; yet it can have a major impact on the overall health of you and your family.
Many homes, for example, are filled with airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, and mold spores. With most people spending the majority of their day indoors, these contaminants can easily exacerbate allergy symptoms such as coughing, itching, and watery eyes.
Change Your Air Filter for Cleaner Indoor Air
As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to keep airborne allergens at bay is change the filter in your AC system regularly. Our experts recommend checking your system’s filter once a month — and cleaning or replacing it once it begins to become clogged with dust and dirt.
With clean air filters, you’ll enjoy healthier indoor air and a more efficient AC system.
Upgrade to a More Efficient AC Unit
Summers can be especially humid here in Austin, and that causes many homes in the area to have excess moisture, leading to mold growth and compromised indoor air quality.
Fortunately, an efficient air conditioning unit can help keep indoor humidity in check, preventing mold growth and other issues that may impact your home’s indoor air quality. Air conditioning units tend to lose efficiency over time — especially if they are not well maintained — so if your air conditioner is 10 to 15 years old, now may be the time to upgrade your unit.
At Green Collar Operations, we recommend upgrading to an air conditioner rated at 16 SEER or higher for optimum comfort and humidity control. As an added bonus, you’ll save big on your monthly cooling bills.