An Expert’s Guide to Better Indoor Air Quality

With the average Australian spending 90% of their time indoors, indoor air quality has never been more important. Thankfully, here in the Gold Coast we’re blessed with relatively pure air.

There’s plenty of pollutants you’ll still want to keep out of your home though. While your air con is working overtime to beat the heat and humidity, did you know it can also give you better indoor air quality?

Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?
There’s a lot of indoor air pollutants which can negatively impact your health. Monitoring your indoor air quality is just another important way to try and keep healthy.

Your indoor air might contain:
• Dust
• Pollen
• Smoke
• Bacteria
• Viruses
• Carbon monoxide
• Carbon dioxide
• Formaldehyde
• Ozone
And more!

You don’t need to have asthma or allergies to experience the negative effects of poor indoor air quality. We’re talking skin, throat and eye irritation, drowsiness, shortness of breath, and more. And that’s only the short-term effects!

Long-term exposure to poor indoor air quality might even contribute to getting respiratory diseases and cancer. The combination of these short and long-term effects truly make your indoor air quality important.

How Do You Improve Indoor Air Quality?
You could turn your home into a jungle with air purifying plants or sterilise the air and never open the windows to improve indoor air quality. There’s a far more simple way to improve your home’s air though –your air conditioner!

Whether you’re using a split system or ducted reverse cycle, your air con has filters which act as an indoor air purifier. These filters trap dust, pollen and other contaminants and prevent them from entering your home.

Over time, these filters accumulate more and more contaminants. While they’re very effective when they’re brand new, old and dirty filters might actually worsen your indoor air quality. Dirty filters can even make your air con work harder, cost more to run and will need repairs more often!

Not all air conditioning filters are made equal. According to the EPA, HEPA filters are up to 99.97% effective against airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns. If you’re looking to significantly improve indoor air quality, HEPA filters are the way to go.

Alternatively, washable filters and glass-spun filters have a less effective filtering ability but are much less costly than HEPA filters.

If we want better indoor air quality, energy savings and a longer lasting system, it’s time we start looking after our air conditioning, Gold Coast!