Air conditioners are prized for their primary function: cooling your home. However, air conditioners also have other benefits, such as lowering the humidity of your home. They also can help to improve the air quality of your home, but only with the help of a homeowner.
If you live in an area that is heavy with pollution or simply have bad allergies, an air conditioner can help make your home a comfortable place by actually cleaning the air that it pumps in. The way an air conditioner works is by siphoning the air from your home, passing it through a filter, pumping it into the air handler which runs it over a cool coil, and pushes it back in your home.
The largest particles of air contaminant, such as dust, are caught by the filter. However, smaller particles are then filtered out in the air handler if they are water soluble. They are taken away with the excess humidity from your home. If you find that your home’s air quality is a little stuffy, then this can be caused by several factors.
- Dirty Filter – The cleaner your filter, the cleaner your air will be. The air filter not only protects your air conditioner, but it creates cleaner air. If your home is stuffy, then a dirty air filter could be restricting clean air flow.
- Dirty Evaporator Coils – Evaporator coils should be cleaned with yearly air conditioner maintenance, but if you have neglected in making this call, it can affect air quality. As this coil helps catch particles that make it through the filter, it can get quite dirty.
- Dirty Ducts – This is usually the cause of poor air quality in a home. It doesn’t matter how good your air conditioner cleans your air if it only blows out all the dust in your ducts when it comes back in. Dirty ducts can be a sign of a breach somewhere, which is likely also causing your energy bills to rise.