With summer finally upon us, air conditioners around the world are being used again. Unfortunately, many households suffer from poor indoor air quality, in large part because dirty air gets constantly recycled throughout your home. Here are some quick tips that will help you prevent this from happening.

Clean or Replace the AC Filter

Your AC filter captures dirt and debris as it moves through the system. After it’s been running for a while, it’ll get clogged up, and then your equipment won’t run as efficiently, and contaminants will re-enter your air, adversely affecting your indoor air quality. You should clean or replace your filter, depending on which type it uses, every one to three months.

Clean Your Home’s Air Ducts

Your home’s air ducts deliver air from your AC system to the various rooms in your house. If you have a severe buildup of dust and debris inside the ducts, some of it could re-enter your home from there. You can avoid this problem by having your ducts professionally cleaned every couple of years.

Clean Registers and Vents

If your registers or vents are dirty, then small contaminants may be recirculated into your home’s air. Luckily, this is an extremely easy problem to fix. All you need to do is remove the registers, wipe them off, and then clean a little ways into the vents. This will reduce the amount of debris that gets picked up and blown around whenever your AC system is on.

Install a UV Light System

If you really want to get a handle on your indoor air quality, we suggest that you install a UV light system into your air conditioner. Once installed, the UV lights will kill pollutants in the air before they’re recirculated throughout your home. The lights are placed deep within the equipment, as the UV light would be harmful to people in your home.

For any questions on how to improve your home’s indoor air quality or if you’re in need of HVAC servicing, call the experts at Mowery Heating Cooling and Plumbing today. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Indianapolis and the surrounding community since 1970.

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