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How Much of an Impact Do Air Filters Have on My Air Quality?

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Monday, February 20, 2017
Technician changing an air filter

How’s your indoor air quality? If you’re like most people, you don’t really know. But you can rest assured that it’s probably not as good as you think it is and certainly isn’t as good as it could be. There are many factors that contribute to the quality of your indoor air, including something as simple as your air filter.

What’s an Air Filter Got to Do with It?

It’s a common misconception that the air filter in your heating and air conditioning system is there to clean the air that gets circulated throughout your home. While it does help with that, that is its secondary purpose. The primary purpose of an air filter is to protect your heating and cooling system.

Air pollutants get pulled in through the air return or air intake vents in your home by the HVAC unit. These pollutants include dust, dust mites, pollen, mold, pet dander, and even your own skin cells. Without the air filter, these pollutants could damage the HVAC unit. The good news is the air filter that catches all of this stuff before it hits the heating and cooling system is also keeping those things out of the air in your home.

What Else Can I Do?

Now that you know what could be floating around in your home, you might be happy to know there is more you can do to improve your indoor air quality. In addition to regularly changing the air filters in your home, you can also incorporate an air purification system into your HVAC unit to capture even smaller organisms that might pass through your air filters. It’s a great way to clean your air so you can breathe easier.

For all of the information you need on improving the indoor air quality in your home, contact our team of pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.