You and your family rely on your home’s air conditioner for your summertime comfort. However, an unmaintained air conditioner can be causing adverse health effects that you don’t even know about. In this blog post, we’ll review the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner, and provide some tips for improving your indoor air quality and the healthiness of your air.
To schedule indoor air quality testing, give Ace a call at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.
#1. Improve your indoor air quality
“How can I have poor indoor air quality?” you may ask. “I dust regularly and my house is spotless!”
Sure, that’s true. But, what about the dust in the areas of your home that you can’t see? For example, your home’s air ducts? Every time you turn on the air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump—in other words, almost every day or night of the year here in Lake Charles—you’re refilling the living spaces of your home with the dust, dirt, and whatever else that resides in your air ducts.
That’s not all. Without regular maintenance from a professional, your air conditioner can also become dusty, and some of that dust and dirt can find its way into your home. Same thing with your furnace or heat pump.
“So, maybe my air is dusty?” you may say. “So what?”
It’s not just dust, unfortunately. Fumes from insecticides and chemicals, mold and mildew, pollution from roadway congestion, and more can all find their way into your home.
People suffering from asthma are highly susceptible to allergic reactions. They need an environment with extra clean air because their lives become miserable if the air is stuffed with pollutants like dust and seasonal pollen.
How to improve your indoor air quality
There are two ways to do this:
- Call Ace Air and have us conduct an indoor air quality test in your home. This test will help us know what’s in your air, and what we need to treat with either air purification equipment or other forms of cleaning.
- Call Ace Air and schedule your AC tune-up and furnace tune-up on an annual basis, so that both systems are clean.
#2. Take control of your humidity
Here in Lake Charles, we know what extreme humidity is. Whatever we can do to fight against it, we have to, especially in our homes.
That’s the good part: as a part of how it functions, air conditioners dehumidify the surrounding air, helping to keep your home drier than the muggy outside conditions in the summer. Excess humidity is not just uncomfortable, but can cause fatigue, allergies, and other health conditions. It raises the heat index, making your home feel hotter when it’s really at a lower temperature.
It should also be noted that extreme humidity provides the ideal conditions for the growth of mold and mildew in your home. One of the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner is that it dehumidifies the air, preventing things from growing that might negatively impact your indoor air quality.
An air conditioner that isn’t working right or that hasn’t received a tune-up in ages won’t dehumidify the air as effectively. This is double-whammy for your air conditioner: it has to work harder to keep you cooler, and you’re not even feeling the cooling power as much.
How to deal with humidity
There are two ways to do this:
- Call Ace Air for an indoor air quality test. We’ll measure humidity. Depending on the situation, your air conditioner might not be enough: you may need a dehumidifier installed in your home.
- Have the team at Ace Air maintain your air conditioner.
#3. Good air is good for mental health
Apart from all the physical health benefits that you get from a properly working air conditioning unit, it also has positive effects on your mental health. Fluctuations of temperature and humidity can lead to stress and anxiety. You are more prone to irritation.
In an environment conditioned by an AC unit, you feel more at ease and relaxed.
Call Ace and enjoy the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner
To ensure all the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner, get yours routinely inspected and serviced with Ace Air. We also offer indoor air quality testing—call us today at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.