When most people think of their HVAC system, they think about trying to keep their home a comfortable temp and battling to keep down the costs. Utility bills are the real bummer of a powerful central AC system. But, you should also think about your indoor air quality whenever you are thinking about your AC. A central HVAC system has a big bearing on the level of allergens, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and dust in your home. So, it is smart to think of AC maintenance as a matter of health.
Here are few ways to improve the quality of air that is being created and circulated by your central AC system.
Fight Allergies with Fresh Air Filters
If anybody in your home suffer from allergies, you will know how important it is to have clean and properly working air filters. Clean air filters not only save money by promoting better airflow, they can also reduce the presence of allergens and other debris that could cause health issues.
Replacing air filters is one of the many DIY projects you can do if you want to get the maximum efficiency out of your HVAC system and ultimately reduce your monthly bills. You don't need to be an DIY expert or HVAC technician to replace your air filters. You don't even need any tools.
Clean the Compartment
The air filter is often in a clearly marked compartment. On some older air handlers, that filter will be in a discreet place, but it will still be very easy to access without tools once you find it. The filter compartment is also something you should clean every once in a while. You don't need to clean it every time you replace your air filter, but it is smart to do it once every 4 or 5 replacements. Based on the average lifespan of an air filter, this means you will need to clean your filter compartment once every 2-3 years and replace the actual filters once every 4-6 months.
Cleaning the compartment is going to keep your filters clean for longer. The dust that isn't absorbed into the filter will settle inside the compartment, meaning the new filter you put in will just get dirty much quicker.
A clean air handler is definitely a great step towards having healthier air in your home. For more tips on improving the air quality by caring for your HVAC system, contact a local air conditioning company.