Air Conditioning Tips: Cleaning Your Air Filters For Better Indoor Air Quality

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Any air that gets into an air conditioning system has to pass through its air filters. And since the filters are the ones charged with protecting the system from dust accumulation, how effective they are at trapping dust and mold particles usually determines the rate at which dirt accumulates inside the system.

Dirty air filters and rate of condensation at evaporator coils

Clogged air filters are usually ineffective when it comes to trapping dust particles from incoming air. The speed of air flowing into the system can also dislodge already-trapped particles. This usually allows these particles to find their way into the air conditioning system. The rate at which these dust particles accumulate on the evaporator coils increases as a result. This is a problem since the formation of a layer of dirt on the coils is bound to reduce the conductivity of the coil's copper walls, something that then reduces the cooling effect that the liquid refrigerant has on the passing air.

Reduced cooling effectiveness at the evaporator coil area usually leads to poor indoor air quality. Why? Because cooling the warm air passing over the evaporator coils usually reduces the air's capacity to carry moisture. Effective evaporator coil cooling is therefore what usually triggers the condensation process in the evaporator coils. And by doing so, it usually helps to reduce the amount of moisture in the air that the air conditioning system ends up dumping into a home.

This is important when it comes to indoor air quality since high humidity levels usually make a home feel stuffy. It is usually uncomfortable to stay in such a home because the high humidity levels also decrease the body's ability to release heat. For loved ones with asthma, the frequency of asthma attacks may increase because of the tendency of humid conditions to encourage the growth mold and other allergy-triggering pathogens.

Cleaning air filters and better air quality

To make sure that your home is mold-free and that people in your home are comfortable, remove your filters from the air conditioner and vacuum it. This should get rid of all the dust particles that are clogging the filters. And after you are done, get rid of any remaining traces of dirt and mold particles by washing the filters with a mixture of water and vinegar. Letting the filters dry before placing them back will restore their dirt-trapping efficiency. This will reduce the rate at which dirt accumulates on the evaporator coils, something that will then go a long way towards increasing the humidity-regulating power of your air conditioning system.


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