How can your HVAC system impact your home's indoor air quality? Air conditioning installation may not seem like a quality control service. But a high-quality, clean, efficient system can help to clear the air. If you're not sure how a new AC system impacts your home's air quality, take a look at some questions homeowners have about HVAC services and the indoor environment.
Why Is Indoor Air Quality Important?
The air inside your home can affect your health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), immediate effects of polluted indoor air could include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, or cold-like symptoms (sore throat, irritated eyes, or nasal irritation). Long-term effects of exposure to indoor air pollution could result in respiratory issues or other chronic health conditions (depending on the pollutant).
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
There isn't one reason for poor indoor air quality. Pollutants can enter your home or come from several different sources. These include the chemicals you use to clean your kitchen, bathroom, or other interior spaces, pet fur, outdoor allergens (such as pollen), tobacco products/smoke, pesticides, outdoor air pollution, or some building materials.
What Does the HVAC System Have To Do With Indoor Air Quality?
The "V" in HVAC stands for ventilation. The better ventilated your home is, the better the indoor air quality. Residential heating and cooling systems won't pull fresh air into a home. But open doors, windows, and exterior wall fans will. Even though your HVAC system doesn't force the outdoor air into your home's interior, it will circulate and recirculate it. This means if you have a pet dander allergy, an air conditioner could force loose fur throughout your home over and over again. It can also pick up chemicals, outdoor pollutants, or anything else that floats through the air and recirculate it.
How Can A New AC System Improve Indoor Air Quality?
A clean AC filter and a working system can reduce the number of pollutants or allergens in the air. If your air conditioner is older, inefficient, and clogged with debris, an AC tune-up may not do enough to affect the indoor air quality. An older system or an air conditioner that doesn't work at its peak performance may reduce the overall ventilation in your home. A professional installation can improve the overall ventilation in your home and may reduce the circulating pollutants/allergens. Maximize the air quality-boosting effects of an AC system with help from a qualified contractor. The AC technician can recommend systems, filters, and services that may help to clear the indoor air.
For more information, contact a local air conditioning installation company.