Quick Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality
- Change System Filters Regularly: There are specific factors that determine how often you should change air conditioner filters. If you have pets or if someone in your household smokes, your air conditioner filters will need more frequent changing. If you have family members that suffer from asthma or allergies, you’ll need to keep the filter impeccably clean to make sure you’re filtering out contaminants and allergens. In addition, the time your air conditioner spends running also affects how often you need to change the filter. If you run it 24/7 during the cooling season, you’ll probably need to change the filter every three weeks. If you run it less often, you may be able to get by with changing it every five to six weeks.
- Maintain Optimum Efficiency: An air conditioner clogged with debris from a dirty air filter won’t operate efficiently. Your unit will need to work harder to produce less cooling, an unpleasant situation for your wallet. When you change the air filters on a regular basis, you’ll notice that your unit cools your home faster, which reduces the amount of time it has to run. Over time, an air conditioner that doesn’t have to work as hard will last longer with fewer repairs, too.
- Clean and Healthy Cooling: A clean air filter will help keep your indoor air cleaner and more healthy. The EPA considers indoor air pollution to be a significant environmental problem. At the same time, an inefficient air conditioner adds additional waste into the environment, which can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Proper air-filtration is one of the most important factors to improve your indoor air quality.
- Tour the EPA’s IAQ Virtual Home: In this fun interactive virtual tour we will identify for you the most common places to look for causes of indoor air pollution in your home. Tour the IAQ Virtual Tour here