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Indoor air quality directly impacts your health. If you suffer from allergies triggered by dust, pet dander, and other indoor allergens, you are not alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nearly 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, and that number seems to be growing steadily.
There are several ways you can treat your allergies; however, what you may not know is that installing an air conditioner in your home may benefit your health and the health of your family in a variety of ways.
It Can Reduce Pet Dander Levels
If you share your home with a dog or cat, the levels of pet dander in the air may contribute to the severity of your allergy symptoms. This can be especially true of certain species that shed heavily and leave dander behind with the discarded fur. Even breeds that are said to be hypoallergenic can shed dander, which is invisible to the naked eye.
Having an air conditioner can be helpful in removing pet dander from the air. There are special filters you can buy that are especially helpful in catching and trapping it. Ask your HVAC tech about what types of filters are available and how often they should be installed.
Built-In Air Purifiers
When you decide to invest in central air conditioning, some HVAC installation companies may be able to offer you a built-in air purifier along with your new system. While this addition may cost you several hundred dollars more, it may be a worthy investment, especially if you or someone else in your home suffers from severe allergies.
A built-in air purifier can help you manage your allergies in several ways. First, it can remove allergens from the air that a basic air filter may let into your home and secondly, this kind of purifier typically removes more kinds of allergens from the air, which means that you are breathing purer air more often when you spend time indoors. Ask your HVAC professionals whether they can offer you a built-in air purifier when you are ready to have central AC installed.
Professional Advice and Tips
Having a central air conditioner installed means having professional HVAC techs in your home who can answer a variety of questions about how to improve indoor air quality in your home. Not only can they install your air conditioner, they can offer you advice about what kind of filters to use and may even be able to perform tests on the quality of your home’s air before making any recommendations.
It may be helpful to write down a list of questions you have for the HVAC techs who come to your home. Being prepared can help you feel more confident about speaking to them about your air quality needs. Do not be afraid to let them know what you can afford to spend and what you hope to achieve with a new air conditioner so you are all on the same page before the work begins.
New Ductwork Can Reduce Allergens
Your home’s existing ductwork may be harboring a variety of allergens that include dust mites, mold spores, and even potentially harmful bacteria. Having a new air conditioner installed can alleviate this problem by replacing the old ducts with a newer, more efficient system.
For example, if you live in the Delaware Valley, a technician specializing in ac service in Philadelphia can replace your old, dirty ductwork and then help you schedule regular cleaning and maintenance that will keep them functioning at their peak. Updated ductwork may also extend the life of your new air conditioner and air filters. Over time, this can save you money as well as keep your home’s air cleaner.
A Programmable Thermostat for Efficiency
One of the greatest advantages of having central air installed in your home is the system’s programmable thermostat. This device allows you to control your AC with the touch of a button and can help you improve the quality of your home’s air by allowing you to program how it runs automatically.
For example, if your house is empty during the day, you can program your thermostat to only run a few cycles while you are gone or to have it turn on an hour or so before you return. The less it cycles during the day, the fewer the allergens may be released into the air. This can result in a lower energy bill and cleaner air.
Air Conditioner Improve Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Your home’s indoor air quality can affect your health. Installing central AC can improve the indoor air you breathe and give you peace of mind.