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Here are the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner

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.

Air Duct Cleaning Lake CharlesTo 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.

How Often Should You Get Your Furnace Filter Cleaned?

The furnace circulates warm air throughout the room. In order to ensure that the air moves without any obstruction, you should have the furnace filter checked regularly by a qualified technician from Ace Air.

The furnace filter blocks dirt and debris from getting inside the system. A clogged filter will make the system strain to circulate the air, leading to high energy bills and mechanical failure.

How often should the furnace filter be cleaned?

Most homeowners are in the dark as to when or how often they should clean or replace the filter. There is no simple answer to this question.

Several factors determine the time when you should service your furnace filter. A simple rule of thumb is that if the filter looks dirty, you should have it changed.

That being said, you should not wait till the filter has become completely clogged as it may cause damage to the system.

Here are some key points that will help you to know how often you should clean or replace the filter.

Is the furnace fan always on?

If you have the furnace fan on at all times, you should consider having one or two-inch filters cleaned or replaced every month. On the other hand, if you turn on the furnace fan occasionally, the filters need to be changed every two months.

Also, keep in mind that a three or four-inch filter should be changed about three to six months depending on the usage. Larger filters will require less frequent cleaning or replacement.

Are there pets inside the house?

Homes that have pets will require frequent service. If you have one pet inside the house, you should have the filter cleaned every two to six months. The more pets in the house, the more frequently the filter should be serviced.

Are there smokers inside the home?

Smoke can easily clog the filter and will make you have the filter changed or serviced more frequently. Even if only one person smokes inside the house, you should have the filter changed every two to six months. The more smokers are inside the house, the more frequent should you clean or replace the filter.

Does the area get a lot of dust?

Dust tends to affect the filter performance. If you tend to get a lot of dust inside the home, you should have the filter changed more often. The one or two-inch filter will need to be changed every month, while a four inches or more filter should be changed after three months of usage in dusty areas.

Call Ace Air for a furnace tune-up and furnace filter check

In the end, the state of air filter will determine the quality of air as well as energy efficiency of the system. Regular cleaning of the system will ensure that the system works efficiently in heating the room.

If you want to get the help of expert furnace technicians in southwestern Louisiana, you should contact Ace Air Conditioning.