How Mini Split AC Systems Improve Air Quality
Air quality is such an important day-to-day consideration. Surrounding yourself with clean, healthy air can lower many health risks. They include asthma and other acute or chronic respiratory illnesses, lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Improving air quality is about more than opening a window every now and then or plugging in a few air purifiers. The cooling and heating systems you select for your home can also impact air quality.
Ductless mini split systems are an advantageous choice for better air quality throughout the home. Let’s review how.
Mini splits include air filters built right into the system. These filters do more than catch internal dust within the system but can also capture contaminants such as mold spores, pet dander, and dirt.
The air that exits the indoor unit is pure and better to breathe in whether you have healthy lungs or a chronic condition like asthma.
Another way that mini splits will purify the air is through UV disinfection, also known as ultraviolet germicidal irradiation. This means of disinfection utilizes UV-C light to stop or kill microorganisms. The light can change a microbe’s DNA, preventing it from spreading or doing much of anything.
There is yet more than mini splits can do to improve the air you breathe in your home, such as dehumidifying. You can use the dry mode to dehumidify without cooling or run a simultaneous cooling and dehumidifying mode depending on the model of mini split.
Dehumidifying controls the amount of moisture in the air. High levels of condensation and moisture can affect your home. Wallpaper can bubble, wood can warp and rot, and many surfaces can develop an infestation of mold and mildew.
Breathing in mold and mildew is dangerous for your health. You could develop a skin rash, itchy and red eyes, wheezing, and stuffy nose. However, those symptoms only afflict those with healthy lungs.
If you have a chronic breathing condition like asthma or a mold allergy, you should expect more serious impediments to your breathing.
It’s also not excellent to breathe in soupy, humid air. There’s a reason it feels uncomfortable and even heavy on your chest when you’re outside in a humid environment for long enough. Humidity can make the airways narrow, especially in those with asthma.
Bronchoconstriction, as it’s called, can increase shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and other asthma symptoms.
Your mini split will keep your home healthy for family members of all ages, but especially if you do the following:
Change the filter every two to four weeks. Replace the filter if yours is designed for single use, or clean the filter and reinstall if it’s reusable.
Replace reusable filters at least once a year to keep them capable of catching contaminants.
Keep the exterior of the mini split clean.
Schedule routine mini split maintenance at least twice a year.