Although your AC unit can be great at reducing humidity and the vent filters help remove particles such as dust, mold spores, and other contaminants (especially if you use a high-quality filter at each vent), the system is primarily designed to control the climate of your home rather than keeping the air quality in line. Consequently, in some situations your home may require additional air quality mechanisms or systems for optimal air quality. Here are three essential ways to improve your air quality when the burden gets to be too much for the AC unit.
1. Humidifiers or dehumidifiers
Humidifiers can be crucial if you live in a desert climate and don't want dry, cracked skin. If, on the other hand, you live in a very humid climate, have poor drainage that makes for a damp basement, or have a recent mold problem and would like to prevent a reoccurrence by keeping your indoor air extra dry, dehumidifiers may be the solution for you. You can rent large, industrial-sized units for the most heavily affected areas, such as the basement, and you can get smaller, quieter units for the other rooms of the house.
2. Air cleaning systems
An air purifying system can be essential if you have pets and pet allergies together in the same house or if you have lots of contaminants in the air for some reason (such as ongoing construction or home renovations, a recent mold infestation, or a family member with a bad case of dandruff). You can get either stand-alone units or systems that tap into the HVAC system, and various treatments that range from UV treatments to super-filtration are available to suit any need.
Plants can help remove not only dust, mold spores, and pathogens from the air, but also VOCs (which are emitted from new products, cleaning chemicals, and more). Different plants have different strengths; for example, peace lilies like to suck up mold spores and aloe vera tends to trap a chemical called Benzene (one of the VOCs you can get from cleaning chemicals). You'll need to have quite a lot of plants for maximum effect, however, so plan to have several large plants per room if you want them to help purify your air.
These three types of air quality boosters can help keep your air clean, modify the humidity according to your needs, and protect you from irritants such as mold spores and residue from cleaning chemicals. For more information, contact companies like Smedley & Associates.