The ability to breathe fresh, clean air is often taken for granted. We don’t miss it until we are unable to have it any longer. Clean air not only smells nice and feels soothing on our skin, but it also helps to promote good health in a variety of ways.

Breathe Easier

Although the air in our homes is usually not noticeably unwholesome, a building’s airflow often contains germs, dust, and pet dander if animals live there. This may be due to a dirty ventilation system or a begrimed furnace filter. Cleaning the ventilation system with the help of professional air conditioning services can restore fresh air that makes breathing more comfortable, which is especially important for people with allergies and asthma or other respiratory conditions.

Reduce Contaminants

A well-maintained air conditioning system helps to remove airborne contaminants like household debris and allergens. Bacteria and mold can also be alleviated with a quality AC system that is functioning as it should. This helps to keep you healthy by preventing the circulation of germs that can make you and family members sick. Pets, for example, that go outside at times may bring in a variety of germs from outside that can be hazardous if allowed to circulate.

Remove Pollution

A home with open windows or poorly-vented cooking stoves and ovens can keep unhealthy fumes moving through the house. Pollutants from outdoors like pesticides or vehicle exhaust can attack your health without you even realizing it. Even tracking in herbicides from lawn fertilizers or weed killers can move through the air indoors and make you sick. Clean air filters can remove many of the toxins that can damage your health, whether the problems come from outside or build up inside when windows and doors are kept closed.

Protects Immunity

Your home’s air conditioning helps to keep the inside air at a comfortable temperature that will not promote the growth of mold or mildew, which can compromise human immunity. People with fragile immune systems due to health problems or chemotherapy require extra protection of a home’s airflow to ensure they will be protected from bacteria that may be floating through the home due to a poorly-vented oven or an indoor smoker.

Protect your family’s household air supply by ensuring your air conditioner system is working efficiently. Monitor potential germs and dirt that may be brought into your home by pets or shoes. Consider buying a home air purifier to keep everyone safe and healthy.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

About Olga Lockhart

Olga Lockhart, Marketing Manager for Pathway Design & Construction, researches, analyzes, and writes about these key topics: Universal Design, Aging in Place, Northwest building & Seattle remodeling trends, air quality issues, and solutions, during construction. She's also willing to chat about travel and culture out of the office.