Did you know that your HVAC system can play a pivotal role in keeping you healthy? Your air conditioner is there to help keep you cool, but can also be the difference between pushing around dirty air, or clean air.
What does your AC fan do for you? Living in Florida you know that a properly working AC unit is essential. Find out how it is also a health essential.
The Role of the AC Fan
We all know that the role of an AC unit is to basically replace the hot air with cool air. But, what about the role of the AC fan?
The fan element of the AC unit’s job is to push the warm air out of the room so that the AC can convert it to cool air. And the AC fan’s motor powers the fan to do its job. After the air is blown across a cooling compressor, it is blown by the fan back into the room.
Monthly Filter Changes
For the AC fan to do its job properly, the filters should be replaced once a month. The filters are in place to filter out microparticles in the air such as bacteria, viruses, and allergens. If you look at an old filter you can see that it collects dust and dirt, as well.
In times like this, we must be vigilant about changing our AC filters. Spend a few extra dollars and purchase the best filters available for your system to ensure that it is catching all of the stuff you don’t want to float around in your home. This is especially when we are spending so much time at home.
While you are in cleaning mode, check vents for dust and debris. This part of Florida is susceptible to high humidity, so do a quick check for mold and mildew.
With any luck, you won’t need frequent AC repairs. However, it is a good idea to have the unit serviced at least once a year to prevent any major issues from happening.
When you have the HVAC maintenance crew out to your house, have them go over this checklist to ensure the most effective AC and virus free environment:
- Duct cleaning
- Air test & balancing
- Filter quality
- Dehumidifier installation
Ask About Dehumidifier Services
Experts say that controlling the humidity level in your home could help from breeding bacteria and viruses. They say that a 40-60% moisture level is ideal. The climate is impossible to control, but having a dehumidifier installed by your HVAC service can help to balance the humidity level in your home.
Bonus: Improve Ventilation
If someone in your home is infected with Covid-19 and is quarantining, crack a window in that room, and place a fan near the window pointing outwards. You may wish to change the vent filters more often than usual until their 2 week period has passed, and turn off the option on your thermostat to circulate or recycle air through your home.
Keep Cool & Stay Healthy
Staying healthy in your own home is essential and your AC fan plays a major part in that responsibility. Make sure that you are diligent with your filter changes and HVAC maintenance appointments to keep your system in tip-top shape.
If you’re looking for the best HVAC crew in the area, give Bowersox Air Conditioning and Heating a call, they have 24-hour emergency services available if you are in a pinch.