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Can Air Conditioners Produce Carbon Monoxide?

June 6th, 2019 by cverdone

Carbon Monoxide Air Conditioner

With summer right around the corner, soon it’ll be time to turn on the AC, kick back and relax. Before you turn off your HVAC and brace for another hot summer, we’re here to help you deal with some of the most common indoor air quality concerns that occur during the summer: carbon monoxide.

Reduced Air Quality

While coming home to a cool home is a welcome reprieve from the heat, staying indoors all summer long may be detrimental to your overall health.

According to the EPA, outdoor air quality is almost always better when compared to indoor air quality, regardless of where you reside. Even if you install a brand-new HVAC system, recycled air is not as healthy as the air outdoors. Humidity levels can make going outside unbearable; and for those who suffer with respiratory illness, even life-threatening.

However, the main cause of AC carbon monoxide poisoning and other illnesses related to is usually related to a malfunctioning unit. This is why you should always have your unit inspected by a HVAC professional prior to turning it on for the first time.

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Even the cleanest of homes can have poor air quality. In fact, poor air quality usually has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your home. While it’s true pet dander can clog air filters, subpar air quality usually comes from a variety of different factors, which include:

  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Poor ventilation systems
  • Old or malfunctioning heating and air conditioning units
  • Mold

How Can I Eliminate Carbon Monoxide and Other Indoor Air Quality Hazards?

Keeping the air inside your home clean is what’s most important. To do so, the first step is to repair or replace faulty AC units with newer models. It’s also important to have your new system installed by a qualified HVAC professional. In addition, to keep indoor air quality healthy, even brand-new central AC systems and even furnaces need routine maintenance.

At Thornton Heating and Cooling, we take indoor air quality seriously. If you’re concerned about the air inside your home, we’re here to help. Contact us today at 847-905-1608 to speak with one of our HVAC professionals about improving air quality in your home.