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We often think of our air conditioning (AC) units as keeping us cool during a hot summer, but does air conditioning improve air quality as well?

AC systems, especially those with high efficiency, help control what’s referred to as Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ. This is a combination of air cleanliness (lack of pollen and dust), temperature control, humidity, and odor. As a result, lack of indoor air quality can not only impact your comfort but your health and wallet as well.

One of the most important ways to keeping your AC in top condition so it can improve your IAQ is by changing your filters. AC filters will keep out pollen, dust, sports, or other particles that can lead to various health issues. A dirty filter will minimize airflow, which not only will lower your IAQ, but it will make your system work even harder, resulting in higher than expected energy bills.

This is why it’s important not to forget about the importance of keeping your AC system in good working order. It can provide good IAQ for many years if you have the best equipment, install it correctly, and keep up with maintenance and filter changes.