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How Air Conditioning Units Affect Indoor Air Quality


Hooray! Spring has arrived! Summer is not too far off and the winter season is over. What does this mean? No more cold, stuffy noses, watery eyes, and coughing fits. Flu season is officially over here in the Northeast, and soon you will be leaving the windows open. Not long after that,you will be cranking up the AC when it gets too hot outside! But don’t think that just because the winter season is over and the heater is off that you will have any less chance of catching a cold or coming down with the flu. Fact of the matter is, just like you spent a lot of your time indoors enjoying the heat, that does not mean that sitting inside in the air conditioning will render you any less susceptible to getting sick!

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Many people associate cold weather with getting sick, but that is just not case. It depends on the quality of the air within your home and whether or not there are other sick individuals you come into contact with on a daily basis.

Luckily, your air conditioning unit can help with your home’s indoor air quality and thus lessen the amount of time you are grabbing for a tissue box.

What do air conditioners really do?

As anyone who owns them knows, they keep your home cool when it’s too hot. But did you know that they also remove moisture? According to WebMD, because air conditioners are able to remove the moisture from the air, this also means that they are able to remove a lot of pollutants—especially those that are water-soluble. Additionally, those who suffer from allergies can take a break from suffering because they can also eradicate pollen and other contaminants.

How does my air conditioner make the indoor air quality better?

One way to make your air conditioner better at doing its job is by making sure you use a disposable HEPA filter. According to WebMD, HEPA air filters (although mainly found in air purifiers) will help to prohibit airborne particles from being dispersed throughout your home.

Just clean regularly, and you will also find yourself with better indoor air quality.

What we are saying is this: do not depend on your air conditioning unit to do all of the work when it comes improving your indoor air quality. In fact, an AC unit will help to remove most airborne particles, but it is up to you to take care of the rest of your home. Some things that you can do, and should be doing already, include vacuuming frequently, changing your sheets, cleaning your curtains and drapes, as well as replacing any old carpets.

There are many things that you can do to improve the indoor air quality in your home. If you think that you might need a new air conditioning unit or are considering HEPA air filters, please feel free to reach out to us at Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling. We only install units that will aid in your home’s indoor air quality!