By helping filter the air and control humidity levels in your home, a well-maintained air conditioner can let an allergy sufferer breathe a bit easier. Without proper maintenance, however, air conditioning systems can actually exacerbate allergy symptoms. Dirty filters, leaky ductwork and corroded equipment not only impair system air flow but introduce allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust mites into household air. Poor maintenance reduces your air conditioner’s ability to control the level of humidity in your home as well. A damp environment promotes the growth of additional allergens like mold, mildew and bacteria. The following tips can help ensure that your air conditioning system helps rather than hurts those who suffer from allergies.
Change System Air Filters Regularly
All of the conditioned air in your home must first pass through your cooling system’s air filter. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air filters should be checked monthly for cleanliness and replaced at least every three months. There are a variety of air filters designed specifically to reduce the number of allergens in your home. The industry’s standard rating system for air filters is the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) scale. The higher the MERV rating, the smaller the sizes of particles that the product can filter out. Because high-density filters can sometimes impede overall air flow, however, it’s important to choose a filter approved for use with your particular cooling system. At Dent Air Conditioning, our technicians can help ensure that you choose the optimal filter for your cooling system.
Investigate Indoor Air Quality Solutions
A variety of air quality products are available that work with your air conditioner to clean the air and balance your home’s humidity levels. From whole-home air purifiers that improve air quality by eliminating allergens like bacteria and mold to ventilators that filter out dust particles and smoke, Dent Air can help you find the best product to reduce indoor pollution in your home and ease allergy symptoms.
Consider a New AC Installation
If upgrades to your current cooling system fail to help alleviate allergies even when the equipment is properly maintained and cleaned, it may be time to consider a more effective replacement, particularly if your air conditioning system is more than ten years old. Today’s cooling systems feature technological advancements that improve system performance while saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Carrier AC systems are available with high-tech controls that automatically adjust temperatures and humidity levels to maintain a healthy environment in your home.
As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Dent Air is pleased to offer the best cooling and air quality equipment in the HVAC industry. Carrier certification means that our experienced technicians are qualified to install, repair and maintain the company’s products as well. Serving Jackson, MS and the surrounding communities since 1954, Dent Air Conditioning is dedicated to providing products and services than promote a healthy and comfortable environment in your home.