- By Jon Nagle
- In basement waterproofing, indoor air quality
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How Air Conditioning Can Affect Indoor Air Quality Larchmont, NY
When temperatures begin to rise, many of us take refuge in the cool air-conditioned indoors of our homes or offices. There’s nothing better than being able to turn on your AC during a heat wave and experience the cooling effects almost immediately. Air conditioners can be a lifesaver during hot summers.
However, while air conditioners provide comfortable indoor environments, they may be causing other problems when it comes to indoor air quality. In this article, we explore some of the negative impacts that air conditions can have on the quality of air within your home and what you can do about it.
Negative Impacts of Air Conditioners on Indoor Air Quality
- Air conditioners can cause air to be too dry
High humidity levels can have a negative impact on your home. It can result in mold infestations which can affect your health negatively. However, it is also not healthy for the air in your home to be too dry. An air conditioner can cause the drying out of the air in your home. This is because the moisture in the air condenses out as the air is cooled. You may begin to suffer from dry skin and itchy skin, dehydration, and other ill effects of dry air.
- Air conditioners can circulate allergens
Air conditioners require regular maintenance. This ensures that they function properly. Part of this maintenance involves the replacement of air filters. If your air filters become clogged, they will not be efficient at removing allergens such as pollen and mold spores from the air. In fact, your air conditioner could instead recirculate these allergens and make you sick.
- Air conditioners recirculate gaseous pollutants
Air filters in air conditioners do not get rid of gaseous air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds. These air pollutants are recirculated in the air expelled by the air conditioner. This results in a buildup of these toxic chemicals in the indoor air.
What to Instead
If you want to ensure a comfortable indoor environment while improving indoor air quality, consider investing in a whole home ventilation system. These systems remove stale and polluted air from the inside of the home and replace it with fresh air from the outside. They get rid of pollutants including allergens and gaseous pollutants and ensure a comfortable indoor environment. They are the best solution to creating a comfortable indoor environment throughout the air.
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