Summer has arrived with the heat, which forces us to rely on air conditioners to keep our homes and offices comfortably fresh. However, have you ever thought about the air quality these devices create?
Research has shown that the use of air conditioners during the summer months can have a significant impact on indoor air quality. Many air conditioners use an air recirculation system, which means that the same air is constantly recirculating in the room. This can lead to the accumulation of dust, allergens, and other pollutants, which negatively affect the quality of the air we breathe.
The study done by The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that indoor air is often significantly worse than outdoor air. Air stagnation, together with the presence of various pollutants, can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, cough, headache, and fatigue. This is of particular concern for people with respiratory problems, such as asthma or allergies.
We are sharing a few simple preventive measures to improve air quality while using the air conditioner:
1. Regular maintenance: Regular cleaning and air conditioner maintenance is essential to prevent the accumulation of dust and pollutants. Clean the filters, ventilation ducts, and outdoor units to ensure the proper functioning of the device.
2. Additional filter usage: Installing additional air filters can help out in filtering dust, allergens, and other pollutants from the air passing through the air conditioner. High-quality air conditioners use advanced filters, such as HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air), which can remove even the smallest particles of pollution, including allergens, bacteria, and viruses. These filters are especially useful for people with respiratory problems and allergies.
3. Maintaining the optimal temperature: Adjusting the temperature to the optimal level can reduce the load on the air conditioner and reduce air recirculation.
4. Airing the rooms: Occasionally opening the windows allows fresh air to enter the room and replace the polluted air.
You now might be asking yourself – what would be the ideal time to do it or what would be the perfect time to make a “mini break” from air conditioning? We are here with the answer, and even better – with the solution itself! With My Sensees indoor Air Quality Sensor Unit, you can monitor various microclimate factors such as CO2 levels, temperature, air humidity, pressure, PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 particles that change in your homes and offices in real time! The Sensees web and mobile app connected to our smart sensor will notify you when levels reach critical points and help you do the right thing at the right time with personalized advice in push notification form!
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We must become aware of the impact air conditioners have on air quality. The combination of proper air conditioning maintenance and air quality monitoring can help us create a healthier and more pleasant indoor environment and will certainly reduce the various unpleasant symptoms you have already encountered in this hot summer period.