How clean is the air inside your home? Indoor air quality is an important factor for your family’s health. Indoor air pollutants can cause short-term health problems like headaches, dizziness, vomiting, allergic reactions, and throat irritation. If you find that you get a lot of headaches, the air in your home could be at fault. There are also long-term health problems that are substantially more serious than an irritated throat. High concentrations of volatile organic compounds can cause asthma, heart damage, and even cancer.
Unfortunately, indoor air quality isn’t something that people think about often, even though modern Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. With that level of exposure, it’s important for people to take air quality seriously. The good news is that your home’s heating and air conditioning systems could help filter out air pollutants, leaving you with cleaner, healthier air.
In this infographic you can see that air conditioning systems improve indoor air quality by ventilating your home, reducing indoor pollution, controlling humidity, and cooling the air.
Of course, your air conditioner can only do these things well when it works at maximum efficiency. That often means having a professional test and maintain your air conditioner regularly. Professionals can also inspect your duct system to seal any leaks that will force your unit to work harder than necessary.
There are also a few things you can do on your own. Using a high-performance air filter (and replacing it monthly) is one simple step towards cleaner air in your home.