Maintaining good indoor air quality is particularly important to households in which family members have allergies and asthma symptoms. But even in those homes where allergies are not normally a big issue, it can be obvious when the indoor air quality has declined. If you notice more frequent sneezing, coughing, or illnesses in your family members, it may be time for a change. Do you need to change your AC system’s air filter? Or is it time for an upgrade?

When’s the last time you changed it?

Change your filter each and every month! We cannot stress this enough. If you haven’t changed your filter in over a month, then it’s time—no matter the quality of the air.

If the filter is dirty, your indoor air quality could suffer. But also, your air conditioner has trouble taking in the right amount of air to cool you off! It might use up a lot of energy, and it could fail prematurely from all the extra stress.

Is it time for an upgrade?

If the air filter in your AC system is just not helping to control indoor air quality symptoms, it may be time for an upgrade. Today, there are so many options for you to choose from. You might just choose a filter with a higher MERV (minimum energy efficiency reporting value).

Or, you may want to upgrade to a whole-home air filtration system or air purifier. These are separate from your air filter (which you’ll still have to change) but are often much more effective at eliminating pollen, pet dander, bacteria, mold spores, and other contaminants from the air.

Hire an indoor air quality specialist

It’s so important to hire a specialist to install this new equipment. Proper installation is key to air filtration. And if the filtration system is not right for your system, it might block airflow into the AC unit. This could cause it to malfunction, and it’s likely to raise your energy bills, so call in local HVAC technicians to assess your system first.

Make the good call! Buehler Air Conditioning & Plumbing provides air conditioning and indoor air quality services in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and the surrounding areas.

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