We are all grateful for our AC units when we walk into our doors after a long, hot day and feel the instant cool relief of conditioned air. While cool air is their chief responsibility, AC units also play a significant role in keeping the air in your home fresh, free from pollutants and clear from smoke or excessive humidity.

Indoor air quality is a major health factor, and having an air conditioning system that functions properly can ensure clean air in your home. 

Our company repairs, installs, and maintains heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in the Bay Area, and we are proud to be the go-to contractor for home comfort for people in Walnut Creek, Concord, Pittsburg, and the entire surrounding area. Our team of experienced, licensed, and professional technicians have a customer-focused mindset and are ready to help with any HVAC issue you might encounter.

Today, we’ll examine the role your AC unit plays in maintaining good air quality in your home. If you are experiencing uneven cooling, strange odors, lingering smoke, or increased humidity in your home, it’s probably a sign your unit needs to be repaired or replaced.

The often forgotten V in HVAC stands for ventilation, and your air conditioner unit plays a significant role in the proper ventilation of your home.

Your AC system is responsible for circulating fresh, conditioned air through your home via a series of ducts. When this air enters the home, it does so through an air filter which should be cleaned or replaced periodically. The AC system forces air through the filter, which removes dust, allergens, and other potentially harmful particles from the air before it enters your home.

If you neglect to change your air filters regularly, the air conditioner unit will have to work harder to force air through the clogged filters. This can result in higher energy bills, increased issues due to the strain on the unit, and a potentially shorter lifespan for the unit itself. An important note for pet owners, if your pets shed or if you have multiple pets in the home, it’s likely wise to replace the filter more often than every quarter.

In addition to filtration, the AC system introduces fresh air from outside into the home and keeps air circulating on a regular basis. This regular circulation keeps the air from becoming stale and/or retaining bad odors.

Effective cooling also regulates the humidity in your home, an essential function for any house in coastal or high-humidity climates. If your home becomes too humid, the conditions for mold growth are present, which is one of the worst air quality issues a homeowner can face from a health and repair standpoint.

Your air conditioning system should keep the air in your home not only cool but fresh as well. If you have experienced any air quality issues or you’ve seen an increase in utility bills, please give us a call and one of our friendly technicians can diagnose the issue.