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AC maintenance reduces HVAC breakdowns, increases equipment efficiency, lowers energy costs, and extends the life of your system. But did you know that preventive maintenance can also protect you from airborne contaminants? Over time, pollutants can accumulate inside the HVAC system in your Lubbock, TX, home. Read on to learn how your air conditioner might be negatively affecting your indoor air quality.

Clogged Condensate Drain Lines

Your air conditioner removes warm air from indoors and replaces it with cool air. As it does so, it completes a cycle that includes compression, condensation and evaporation. The condensate drain line collects some of that moisture runoff. Without regular AC maintenance, debris can clog the drain line. This can eventually cause the air conditioner’s drain pan to overflow and form puddles around your indoor unit. The excess moisture and potential damage to the drywall can cause bacteria to grow. Spores and other contaminants can affect your household’s health if the leak goes unrepaired.

Foul Odors From the AC Drain Pan

Stagnant water can collect in the drain pan, ductwork and pipes. This is also an ideal place for contaminants to grow. These toxins then create foul odors and pollute your indoor air. As your household continues to breathe this air, they can experience symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritated eyes, nose and throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus congestion

Dirty Air Filters

Check your AC filters every 30 days and replace them when dirty. If they are clogged, they cannot effectively remove airborne particles. Clean AC filters trap contaminants and keep them from circulating in your home’s indoor air. Our AC tuneups include a thorough equipment cleaning to prevent toxins from forming and multiplying.

Duncan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. & Plumbing will keep your Lubbock, Texas, air conditioning equipment clean to prevent harmful particles from invading your space. We also install UV lamps that kill contaminants as air passes through the system. To learn more about improving your indoor air quality and protecting your family’s health, give us a call today at (806) 798-1738.

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