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Best Ways To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality This Summer
When Summer comes around maintaining your AC is probably the last thing on your mind. However, AC maintenance should be at the top of your list for home maintenance priorities as it helps to improve the quality of your air. Cooling systems that are kept in proper condition can improve the air circulation which makes the air that you breathe better for you.

Since the inside of your home is where you likely spend the most of your time, it is important to ensure that the air quality you breathe is clean. The reason for this is because the impact the air can have on your body can have both negative and positive effects. Experts at the Temperature Pro of Maryland list several three ways you can improve your air quality and how this can improve your health and increase the enjoyment you receive from your home environment.

Would you rather skip our tips to improving air quality and hire us to clean your AC instead? Contact The Temperature Pro of Maryland today to get started!

Tip #1: Replace Your HVAC System Filters
Depending on the air conditioning system you have, your home’s HVAC system filters should be changed periodically on a routine, monthly basis. The golden rule for the amount of time to have in between replacing your AC filters is once per month, however some AC systems can get away with only needing the filters to be changed every three months. HVAC systems that only need filters replaced a few times a week. Doing this will ensure that the air being blown throughout your house doesn’t contain high amounts of dust, dirt, and other toxic substances that can affect the integrity of your health and the air your breathe.

Tip #2: Buy A New Air Conditioning Unit
If your systems are particularly old, or in bad condition for one reason or another, it might be time to invest in a new air conditioning unit altogether. Not only will a new system naturally guarantee clean air quality circulating throughout your home, but it can save you money too.

Tip #3: Open All Your Windows
If you’ve already taken the appropriate maintenance measures for cleaning your HVAC system and air conditioning units, the next best thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home is to simply open up the windows from time to time. This allows fresh air to come through and prevents dirty air from becoming stagnant and being re-circulated throughout your home.

Tip #4: How Can HVAC Maintenance Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Many homeowners don’t realize that they can improve indoor air by simply giving their HVAC system some routine TLC. Most residential cooling and heating systems blow air through ductwork, which is referred to as forced air. Each HVAC system also has an air filter with the primary purpose of keeping dust out of the equipment.

Tip #5: Upgrading Air Filters to Improve Indoor Air Quality
For people who suffer from airborne allergies, an easy way to improve the air quality and filter out contaminants in the HVAC system is to install a better filter quality. All filters have MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings, which are indicators of the size of particles they can trap. The scale runs from 1 to 16 for residential purposes. The higher the MERV rating is, the cleaner the air in your home will be. For example, fiberglass filters have ratings from 1 to 4 and cannot trap the most irritating particles, like dust mite waste, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen. Pleated filters have 5-8 MERV ratings and will trap the more offensive particles. Some filters have ratings as high as 13, but it is best to check with your HVAC contractor or your system’s owner’s manual before selecting filters with high ratings as they can slow down the airflow as much as a dirty filter would.

Tip #6: Clean Out Air Ducts
Having good air filters will assist in keeping air ducts cleaner, which will help you and your family breathe better. Over time, dust collects in the ductwork of the HVAC system which in return calls for the need of professional duct cleaning services. Signs of problems with the air ducts include smelling odors or seeing dust deposits near the registers more often. You can remove the register cover to see how much dust and debris has collected inside the ducts.

The best way to prevent a dust buildup is to check the air filter monthly during cooling season and replace it when it’s dirty. Higher density filters trap more particulate matter and may need to be changed more frequently since more dust particles will be collected inside the filters.

For clean air, contact an HVAC expert at Temperature Pro of Maryland today!

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How Your Air Conditioning System Works

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Your Air Conditioning system is composed of 3 primary parts: 1) Compressor; 2) Condenser; 3) Evaporator. The compressor and condenser are normally on the outside of the building and the evaporator is normally located on the inside the building and can be a part of your furnace.

Air conditioners use a chemical, or refrigerant, that easily converts from a gas to a liquid and back to a gas again. This refrigerant is used to transfer heat from the air inside of a home to the outside air.

The refrigerant is a cool, low-pressure gas when it reaches the compressor. The compressor squeezes the refrigerant causing the fluid to increase its energy and changes from a liquid to a gas and absorbs heat from inside the building in the process. As a high pressure gas, the refrigerant leaves the compressor and flows to the condenser. The condenser serves as a ‘radiator’ and helps the heat to be released from the system into the air.

As the refrigerant leaves the condenser, its temperature cools allowing the refrigerant to convert back from a gas to a liquid. The liquid travels into the evaporator through a very tiny, narrow hole. On the other side of the evaporator, the liquid's pressure drops causing it to evaporate back to a gas state, and as it evaporates, it extracts heat from the air around it. As the refrigerant exits the evaporator, it is now a cool, low pressure gas. It then returns to the compressor to begin its trip all over again.

Connected to the evaporator is a fan that circulates the air inside the house to blow across the evaporator fins. Hot air is lighter than cold air, so the hot air in the room rises to the top of a room. There is a vent there where air is sucked into the air conditioner and goes down ducts. The hot air is used to cool the gas in the evaporator. As the heat is removed from the air, the air is cooled. It is then blown into the house through other ducts usually at the floor level. This cycle continues over and over again until the unit turns off usually by a thermostat when your indoor air reaches a certain present temperature.