Here in Mesa, AZ, temperature control takes top priority in terms of keeping our homes cool. A quality air conditioner can be your best friend when temperatures climb into the triple digits. But that’s not the only factor involved in household comfort: indoor air quality plays a huge part as well. In addition to helping your home feel fresher and less stagnant, indoor air quality can do wonders for helping your air conditioner cope with its workload better: reducing monthly costs as well as lowering the risks of a repair. How exactly does indoor air quality affect your air conditioner? We’ve included a brief breakdown below:
Dust and Dirt
Dust and dirt are the most common examples of airborne contaminants that can lower the quality of your indoor air. Here in Mesa, AZ, we get more than our share: coating furniture and leading to increased irritation in the nose and throat. Inside your air conditioner the dust can coat key components such as the evaporator coil, which causes ice to form on the coil and reduces the air conditioner’s effectiveness. Dust elsewhere can increase friction between moving parts, resulting in unnecessary strain and increasing the risk of a breakdown. A good air filter or air purifier can reduce those risks and help your air conditioner run more smoothly.
Your air conditioner serves as a de facto dehumidifier, which can spell trouble in Mesa, since our air is already bone-dry to begin with. That could cause it to work at cross-purposes with your indoor comfort levels: low humidity levels can lead to cracked, itchy skin and similar problems, as well as increased static electricity. The solution is a whole-house humidifier, which will elevate moisture levels and keep you comfortable no matter how much cool air you require from your AC.
For more on IAQ products in your home, call John’s Refrigeration today!