Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Services
Indoor Air Quality Services
Indoor air quality has become an important issue today, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because people spend more time indoors than outdoors, the air they breathe needs to be taken into consideration.
Climatizing the Home
Air is invisible, and so are some of the contaminants that make it bad for health. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the air quality in a building or around it that has to do with the health and comfort of people and pets.
The statistics are that two out of three indoor air quality problems have to do with the bad operation of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. This makes it necessary to call in a trained technician in air conditioning to check out your air conditioning system once a year.
There are many models and systems around, but the best air conditioning system to improve the air quality in a home is an apparatus that makes no noise and works.
Choosing an HVAC System
In general, there are four types of air conditioners. The first is a portable air conditioning system that can be moved around according to your needs, although they are not very powerful. Most of these have a conduit that makes hot air go out through a window or doorway.
Another type is air conditioning that works with water evaporation. This type of system is cost-effective and consumes little energy, usually around 150 W. Yet, it can only cool a room about 4-6 degrees.
The third kind of air conditioner is a wall-mounted type split system, the best and most efficient system. It has two parts: an indoor element mounted on the wall and a compressor mounted outside the wall.
Many homes have whole-house HVAC systems that offer year-round comfort. These have become more energy-efficient over time and are now installed in most new homes.
With these systems, it’s important to remember to change the filters often. The more a system is used, the more the filters should be changed. Neglecting to do so can lead to increases in electricity bills and a shorter lifespan of the equipment.
Maintenance Means Saving Money
Air conditioning can be a problem for some people because of the condition the apparatus is in. Even for internal and portable units, the filters need to be checked. This should be done once a year if the system is a conventional unit. But you should check it every six months if it has a heat pump.
The other thing that should be done is to clean the drain of the indoor unit. This keeps bad odors away and prevents the drain from clogging.
The exterior component of the air conditioner, the compressor, needs to be cleaned with pressurized air or with a brush. The condenser should also be checked and cleaned at the end of every season, four times a year. An air conditioner should be seen by a technician at least once a year.
Problems with air conditioning can be expensive to fix, but frequent air conditioning problems are easy to identify. On occasion, the air conditioner does not blow cold air in. This can be caused by a dirty filter which can also block the condenser and make the AC unit and AC system air quality not work. It is a good idea to change the air filter once a month.
Another problem to look out for is the air conditioner freezing up on the external components. This might be because of restricted airflow, low levels of coolant in the unit, or low temperatures outside. A problem with the blower motor could be the cause of this, too.
Loss of refrigerant in the unit can make it work erratically.
A frequent problem is a leaky AC. Usually, you can expect leaks from an air conditioner on hot days when the unit is operating.
A Proper Balance
When installing air conditioning, it is necessary to ensure that the unit is mounted perfectly level, or else it might not drain properly. The drain pipeline can get clogged with algae, dirt, or dust and not drain properly. If that happens, mildew, mold, and fungus may develop in the unit, creating a health hazard and foul odors.
You should review your air conditioning unit or units approximately every two months to ensure that it is working correctly. Faulty units are a health problem, and besides costing more money, they also consume more energy.
Therefore, you should have the unit seen by a technician once a year to ensure that it is in tip-top condition. It should be delivering cool or cold air in the summer and warm or hot air in the winter. It should be safe and healthy, with no microscopic elements such as mites, dander, dust, or mold.