As we’re moving through some of the hottest months of the year, here in the Tampa Bay area, you will be using your air conditioner a lot in summer. Some people notice coughing or sneezing when their AC unit is running more often. You’re not allergic to your air conditioner, but you can be sensitive to the air circulating throughout your home. So let’s talk about Indoor Air Quality!
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Accessories
There are some great IAQ accessories that The Comfort Authority recommends to anyone concerned about home air quality. For example, adding UV lights to your AC system will keep your coils clean from mold and mildew growth. Additionally, whole home air purifiers treat every cubic inch of air conditioned space.
Other Tips for Improving IAQ
In addition to adding IAQ accessories to your AC system, The Comfort Authority has come up with some tips to keep your air conditioner working safely and efficiently during this allergy season.
- When seasonal allergies are significant, pollen is usually to blame. In order to reduce the circulation of these allergens in your home keep your windows and doors closed.
- Dust mites live in homes and they easily reproduce inside your air conditioner. Lowering the relative humidity makes your home less habitable for dust mites.
- Brushing pets and removing pet dander from floors and surfaces can reduce the circulation of the allergens within your AC. Regular grooming of pets greatly reduces their dander.
- Mold and mildew are allergens. So many of us have sensitivities to during summer months when everything is damp and hot. A wet cooling coil, humidifier, or condensate pan in your AC can develop mold or mildew. Second best to IAQ accessories, regular maintenance of your air conditioner can reduce mold and mildew. In addition, it keeps your registers and return vents clean as well as your coils.
- Your air filter is literally the barrier keeping dust, dirt, and debris from circulating within your duct work and ultimately throughout your home. Regular replacement or cleaning, depending on the filter type, is crucial to to efficiency and indoor air quality. How often you change your filter is based on how often it gets dirty. For instance, homes with multiple pets should change filters more often than homes without. Additionally, homes with the indoor AC unit (air handler) near the floor need more frequent changing of filters.
If you’d like to improve the air quality in your home give us a call at 813-575-6996, we’d be happy to help!