How Air Conditioner Repair and Maintenance Can Improve Indoor Air Quality12/18/2015The 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 cooler winter months, but if your system is in need of repair it could be making you ill. As you've taken all the steps to keep your home as energy-efficient this chilly winter, you're also sealing off your home from fresh air. This could cause an increase in both allergens and pollutants. Your annual air conditioner repair appointment will help keep your air clean and comfortable throughout the year. There are also some steps you can take between your once-a-year maintenance visits to protect your air quality and health. Check and Change Your Air Filter Checking and changing your air filter is one of the most important things you can do between air conditioner repair and maintenance visits. It's usually suggested that air filters be changed routinely every 3 months (some longer), but it's wise to check it monthly for debris. This is particularly 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 dirty filters and that affects the health of those with sensitivities. A dirty filter will also cause a decline in your system's efficiency and lifespan. Regular Cleaning It's not likely you'll be able to open windows and let in fresh air during the winter months and your carpets and furniture will hold onto all types of indoor pollutants. Keep your home as tidy 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 blocking your air filter. If you don't have one already, a good investment is a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Air Conditioner Repair and Maintenance Annual 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 catch any leaks and and make sure it is operating properly. Your home is your safe haven. We want to do what's best for you to keep you as healthy and comfortable as possible. Call us at 805-217-8662 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. Or you can simply set up an appointment with us online.