Most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors with an air conditioning (AC) system switched on, whether they are at their home or office. And with more than 21 hours spent inside, the quality of indoor air does have a direct impact on their health. In fact, research shows that people who spend more time indoors stand a 65 percent chance to inhale dust mite feces that trigger different kinds of allergies. But there is no need to panic provided you know how to use and maintain your cooling unit to purify and improve indoor air quality. Here are a few AC maintenance tips to reduce allergy triggers and symptoms:
Use a Dehumidifier
Did you know that many Florida homes are mite-infested and pose serious health threats to health? It happens because of poor air circulation inside the rooms. A poorly-installed AC allows dust mites to breed inside your home and lets them thrive in what AC experts call the ‘cold spots.’ These spots soon become the breeding ground for bugs and result in the growth of mold and fungus. The allergens, together with poor circulation,can make an entire floor mite-infested. This is the reason why you must have a dehumidifier with your AC unit to get rid of the warmth and humidity. It helps to dehydrate the dust mites, slowing down their reproduction, movement, and the production of fecal matter.
Install Air Filters with a Proper MERV Rating
Install quality filters if you want to keep the air inside your home clean. Most of the filters come with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). It is a rating that highlights a filter’s capacity to eliminate different kinds of allergens suspended in the air. We would suggest that you install air filters with a MERV rating of eight to remove microscopic particles as tiny as three microns. You should also check the filters every month and replace them once in three months in case they get dirty.
Use High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA) that are designed from thin glass fibers. These come with the ability to eliminate 99.97 percent of dust particles, mite feces, and other air pollutants.
Get Rid of Dust around the External Unit
The external unit of an AC draws fresh air and circulates the same throughout your house. But there is a problem. Any dirt or dust particles around the outside unit may enter your home via the cooling system. Therefore, you must keep the external unit clean. The same rule holds true for your indoor unit. Keep it dust-free to get rid of allergens that may be pulled into the system.
Get a cooling unit installed by a professional AC technician. If you want to improve the indoor air quality, contact one of our AC repair experts for filter replacement, duct cleaning, or repair.