The weather outside if frightful, but your air conditioner should be keeping your home feeling delightful. Your air conditioner keeps you comfy and warm during the chilly winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you ill. As you've taken the necessary steps to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly season, you're also sealing off your home from fresh air. This could cause an escalation in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual air conditioner repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable all year long. There are also things you can do between your annual maintenance visits to protect your air quality and health.
Check and Change Your Air Filter
Checking and changing your air filter is the most critical thing you can do between air conditioner repair and maintenance visits. It's highly recommended that air filters be changed routinely every 3 months (some longer), but it's wise to check it every month for debris. This is especially important if you live in a home with smokers or pets. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites and numerous other kinds of debris more easily build up in unclean filters and that affects the health of those with sensitivities. A dirty filter will also decrease your system's efficiency and lifespan.
It's not usually possible to open windows and let in fresh air during the winter months and your carpets and furniture will trap all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as well-kept as possible during the winter months. Not only will you be prepared for any surprise guests, but you'll keep the dust from disrupting your allergies or mucking up your air filter. If you don't have one already, a wise investment is a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Air Conditioner Repair and Maintenance
Yearly air conditioner repair and maintenance is not just crucial for the life of your air conditioner, but also for your health. When your system is operating well, pollutants and allergens are channeled out of the home. Your yearly maintenance will find any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly.
Your home is your sanctuary. We want to work with you in order to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 703-278-2036 and talk to one of our air conditioner repair technicians if you have any questions about keeping your air conditioner and air quality in tip-top shape this season.