The Midwest’s warmest months still lie ahead. If you live in the greater Sioux City, IA area – where the record high temperature sits at 108 °F – then you surely already appreciate the necessity of routine air conditioner maintenance. You would certainly be sore if that appliance failed to cool and dehumidify your home during sweltering summer days!

But spring air conditioning maintenance won’t just spare you from feeling hot and sweaty. It will also significantly improve your home’s indoor air quality. Indoor air often contains concentrations of pollutants that are two to five times higher than outdoor air. These pollutants include mold spores, pollen, pet dander, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Prolonged exposure to them can exacerbate allergy systems, increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer, and cause symptoms such as headaches, dry eyes, nasal mucus, nausea and tiredness.

Here’s why an air conditioner tune-up can help you breathe easier while you’re taking refuge from the summer heat!

Air Conditioner Maintenance Promotes Healthier Humidity Levels

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining your home’s relative humidity at a level between 30 and 50 percent. This prevents the growth of mold, a fungus which begins to thrive when indoor humidity exceeds 55 percent. When it grows under its ideal conditions, mold produces microscopic spores that can trigger severe allergic symptoms.

When it is functioning properly, your air conditioner will reduce the humidity level inside your home. This is because its refrigerated evaporator coil actively attracts, collects and removes moisture from the air, which in turn deprives mold of the conditions it requires to reproduce. Routine air conditioner maintenance ensures that your air conditioner’s evaporator coil is well supplied with the refrigerant it needs to do its job. Cleaner air for you; a less hospitable environment for mold!

Air Conditioner Maintenance Promotes Lower Indoor Pollutant Levels

Depriving mold of moisture isn’t the only way your air conditioner can help preserve your respiratory health. Modern air conditioners feature filters which trap microscopic airborne irritants such as pollen, dust and pet dander. When they perform routine maintenance on your air conditioner, your HVAC technician will ensure its important filter is functioning correctly – and replace it if it no longer allows safe, efficient operation.

If you would like to improve your home’s indoor air quality even further, ask your HVAC technician about upgrading your ventilation system. Although it is not incorporated into the air conditioner itself, the Whole Home Exact Fit Media Air Cleaner by Rheem features 4″ deep-pleat filters that excel at trapping irritating particles from the air before they can proceed any further in your HVAC system.

Choose O’Connor Heating & Cooling for Air Conditioner Maintenance

O’Connor Heating & Cooling is standing by to maintain and repair your air conditioner regardless of the company that manufactured or installed it. Our exhaustive inspection ensures we’ll miss no opportunity to keep your air conditioner’s motor, coil, and other sensitive mechanical components in peak working order. And as a Rheem Pro Partner, our team is qualified to install the highest-quality appliances the HVAC industry has to offer.

We serve the greater Sioux City, IA area, including all homes and businesses in Nebraska and South Dakota that fall within a 15-mile radius of our headquarters. Please contact us today to schedule air conditioner maintenance or request a free estimate for our other services!