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Do air conditioners purify air?

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May 08, 2024 | By  Right Time

Do Air Conditioners Purify Air

Ensuring the indoor air quality in your home is free of harmful bacteria and pollutants is incredibly important for numerous reasons. This raises the question on whether your air conditioner’s feature air purifiers within their compartments, or whether a separate air purifier is needed.

To learn more about how you can maintain a healthy indoor air quality in your home, keep reading!

Does an air conditioner improve air quality?

Yes, your air conditioner can improve the indoor air quality in your home. Here’s a closer look:

  • Filters the air: Air conditioners typically include HEPA filters that capture dust, pollen, and other airborne particles, improving air quality by reducing indoor air pollution.
  • Controls humidity levels: Properly functioning air conditioners help control humidity levels, which can reduce mould spores and mildew growth that lead to health risks.
  • Ventilation: Some air conditioners, particularly a split system air conditioner, moves fresh outside air into your home to remove odours, and stale air.

Do all air conditioners have air purifiers?

No, not all air conditioners come with built-in air purifiers. While some air conditioners may have an advanced filtration system that can help improve the indoor air quality, not all units include this feature.

If you’re concerned about the indoor air quality in your home, you may want to install a separate air purifier. Air purifiers are great at removing finer particles, virus particles, can eliminate bacteria, wildfire smoke, and other polluted air particles to ensure you experience a clean indoor air quality inside your home. This can help you prevent asthma attacks and other health concerns.

How often should I maintain my AC? 

Routine maintenance for your air conditioners is absolutely essential and offers numerous benefits. To keep your air conditioners in tip-top shape during the summer heat, do the following:

Yearly air conditioning unit maintenance appointment

Your air conditioner’s should undergo an annual maintenance appointment with a certified technician. We suggest booking this appointment in the early spring. This will ensure proper ventilation from your appliance, maintain your indoor humidity levels, and prevent any health risks that could be circulating around through the air in your home.

Air filter changes

To maintain a comfortable indoor environment and reduce indoor air pollution for improved air quality, have your air conditioner dust filters changed or cleaned every one to three months. As your air conditioners operate, polluted indoor air will fitler through the filter and collect within it. Over time, the air filters can clogg. As a result of this, airborne pollutants will continue to circulate through your home and unnecessary strain can be put on your cooling appliance.

Therefore improve indoor air quality levels within your home, regular air filter changes are a must.

Duct cleaning service

Just like your air filters, the duct system throughout your home can develop mould spores, dust, and other airborne particles over time. When this happens, the ducting can clogg, which in turn will damage your system and prevent fresh air from being delivered correctly throughout your home. While you can remove some of the dust from in and around your vents, many vacuum cleaners are not strong enough to remove all of the debris.

Therefore, we suggest booking a duct cleaning system once every two to three years to ensure optimal, clean air throughout your home.

Can I change my AC air filters?

Yes, homeowners are able to change the air filters in their air conditioning systems if they feel comfortable doing so. Here is how you can change your air conditioner filters:

  1. Turn off the air conditioner: Switch off the power to your air conditioning.
  2. Locate the air filter: The filter should be typically located in the outdoor air conditioner compartment. You will also have a filter located in the indoor unit.
  3. Remove the old filter: Carefully remove the cooling filter from the compartment.
  4. Inspect the filter: Check the filter for pet hair, pet dander, dirt, fine dust, and other debris. If it’s dirty, you can replace it with a new HEPA filter, or wash it wish mild soap and water depending on the type of air conditioner you have.
  5. Install the new filter: Ptut the new filter back into the air conditioner and ensure it faces the correct direction.
  6. Secure the front panel: Close the front panel of your outdoor air conditioner.
  7. Turn On: Switch the power back on to your air conditioner to ensure that it is working correctly and that there is uninterrupted cool air circulation throughout your home.

If you don’t feel comfortable changing the filter yourself, contact a professional HVAC technician for assistance!

Improve your indoor air quality with Wardlaw Heating and Air Conditioning!

Keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape with the help of the professional HVAC team from Wardlaw Heating and Air Conditioning!

Our certified technicians are available for air conditioner repairs and maintenance services 24/7/365 days a year including after-hours, weekends, and holidays at no extra cost. Same-day repairs for your air conditioning unit are also available!

In the market for a new air conditioner or air purifier system? Book a consultation appointment with a home comfort advisor to learn more about the different HVAC systems we offer. If the cost of a new HVAC system is something you’re concerned about, know that our team offers several discounts and financing options that can help you save big on your new purchase!

All consultations with Wardlaw Heating and Air Conditioning include a complimentary purchase estimate for your new HVAC system!

If you live in Aweres Township, Hilton Beach, Batchawana Bay, Prince Township, Bruce Mines, Richard’s Landing, Desbarats, Sault Ste. Marie, Echo Bay, Searchmont, Goulais River, or Thessalon, reach out to the team directly over the phone or use our online booking form!

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