How to Help Keep Your AC From Affecting Your Health

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How to Help Keep Your AC From Affecting Your Health

We all do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from illness. Sanitary wipes in the home and car. Antibacterial soaps in the kitchen and bathrooms. Teaching children about good hygiene and covering their mouth when they sneeze or cough. Washing hands religiously. But what are you doing to control the health risks posed by a dirty air conditioning unit or HVAC ducts?

Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know studies show old and poorly maintained A/C can affect air quality and be a factor in spreading some diseases. The easy way to minimize the risk is with an A/C tune-up and cleaning in your Denver, Colorado home. You can also help by changing your filter(s) regularly. We also recommend cleaning your HVAC ducts, especially if there is any mold or dust showing.

As a modern society, we have all become dependent on air conditioning. Whether it’s at work or in our homes we depend on it to keep us cool and comfortable. There’s no reason to feel bad about that, it’s just a matter of taking the proper precautions. The problem is made worse because most air conditioning systems recirculate indoor air. There is very little outdoor air to “flush” out the indoor pollutants so the A/C by itself can’t improve our indoor air quality.

Here are a few other suggestions that can help assure your air conditioning isn’t making you sick:

  • Have an HVAC technician perform annual maintenance checks
  • Make sure your filters are changed out regularly—even more so for allergy sufferers or those with furry friends in the household
  • Make sure your supply and return registers are free to circulate air properly
  • Install other indoor air quality products such as UV lights and air purification systems. Builder’s features several air quality products—from Honeywell to the REME HALO® in-duct air purifier.

Here’s a little bonus tip: This can also be a problem in your vehicle with air conditioning. Many modern cars and SUVs have cabin air filters that should be changed at recommended intervals. A good rule of thumb is every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual.

We are sure you are already taking many precautions to keep your family healthy, just don’t forget about your air conditioner. As we move closer to the hot weather now is a great time to call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your A/C maintenance and tune-up. Just one more way we’ve been keeping Denver and the suburbs comfortable (and safe) since 1950. Follow us on Facebook for more great information year-round.