Air conditioning

Why you should be cleaning your air conditioning

Sneezing? Runny nose? Watery eyes? If you’re one of countless Phoenicians dealing with seasonal allergies, we need to chat about the air inside your home.

Yes, being outside can exacerbate symptoms brought on by high pollen levels, but did you know that the air inside your home plays a big role too? Neglecting to clean and maintain the air system installed in your house is a surefire way of bringing outside pollutants in. But don’t fret. At Platinum Home Warranty we’ve got a few pointers to keep your indoor air quality as clean as possible.

Let’s start with an easy one – checking and changing air filters once a month helps your AC operate at optimal efficiency. Dusty filters can limit air circulation and may damage your air conditioner. When you shop for air filters, choose one that allows the air to flow freely. While more expensive ones may say they are filtering your air, they also make it hard for air to push through, which makes your AC work harder and causes your bill to go up.

To ensure that your filter is working as best it can, make sure to clean or replace the air filters every 60 to 90 days. All of the air in your home passes through the filter at least once per hour and sometimes more depending on the efficiency and performance of the home envelop and the AC system itself. A quality filtration system can capture most (around 98 percent) harmful bacteria, dust, fumes, spores and other pollutants.

Another important preventative measure to consider is installing a separate UV light system inside of your air filtration system. A UV light system can get rid of pesky pollutants that stack up on the surfaces of your AC equipment and within the ducting. How? It sends ionized aggressive advanced oxidizers into the equipment and throughout the home, destroying the pollutants at the source. These systems can operate continuously or whenever the AC system is in use.