We love Florida for its year-round warmth and subtropical charm, but it’s no secret that summertime temps here can be brutal. The constant heat and humidity put Florida air conditioners through their paces and then some, so folks around here know to prioritize their annual AC maintenance tune-ups. But did you know that a poorly maintained AC unit can also affect your home’s indoor air quality?
If you’ve been wondering whether yearly tune-ups are really worth your time, we’re here to talk about why they’re more than just something manufacturers recommend. AC maintenance is a great way to extend the life of your system, ensure you’re breathing healthy air, and keep those utility bills under control. Let’s talk more about the practical benefits of keeping your air conditioner in optimal condition.
How Does Humidity Affect Air Quality?
If you live in Florida, you definitely know what humidity is—you feel it as soon as you walk out the door. But your AC unit does a lot of work to regulate the humidity level inside your home, too. The amount of water vapor in your home’s air is usually measured in terms of Relative Humidity (RH), which is related to the temperature in the room.
Your home’s RH has a direct impact on not just your comfort but your health. The EPA recommends that your home’s humidity level should be no less than 30% and no more than 60%.
Too much humidity (above 50-60% RH) can contribute to:
- Mold and mildew growth
- Rot in your home’s structural materials
- Allergies and respiratory issues
- Frequent coughs and runny noses
- Trouble sleeping and poor sleep quality
Similarly, too little humidity (below 30%) can lead to:
- Dry skin, sore throats, and itchy eyes
- Inflammation and respiratory infections
- Worsened allergy and asthma symptoms
How AC Maintenance Helps Improve Air Quality
Modern AC systems are designed to regulate humidity as part of their normal functions. The evaporator coil, one of the components we check during an AC tune-up, helps remove humid air from your home and maintain a comfortable, safe RH level. However, without regular maintenance, this process can quickly become less effective—and less efficient.
Over time, dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants build up in your air conditioner. These irritants can worsen allergies and certain respiratory conditions—especially in central Florida, where pollen is especially high and allergy season is practically year-round. This buildup also causes the unit to work harder than it has to, leading to higher energy bills.
During regular maintenance, your HVAC technician will clean, inspect, and repair any damage to the many parts that make up your AC. They can also identify potential problems before they cause extensive damage or require costly repairs. With so many benefits, there’s no reason not to make AC maintenance a priority!
How Do I Know if My Indoor Air Quality is Bad?
Having good indoor air quality has been recognized as a significant part of our overall health and wellbeing. So, how do you know if you need to clear the air in your home? You may have an air pollution issue if you notice any of these signs:
- A musty or stale smell in your home
- The walls are sweating (obvious moisture collecting and dripping on walls)
- Excessive dust buildup
- Frequently triggered allergy symptoms, even when inside
- Chronic sneezing or coughing
If you’ve noticed any of these signs, give Mid-Florida Heating & Air a call! We can provide a range of indoor air quality services, including testing to diagnose the situation. Whether you need a humidifier or dehumidifier, a whole-home air filtration system, or simply need to change your regular filter, we’ll educate you on your options and provide the best solution for your needs.
Breathe Easy This Season with Mid-Florida Heating & Air
In the middle of a heatwave, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working. Ensure your AC is up to the challenge of Florida’s most intense heat with a maintenance tune-up from Mid-Florida Heating & Air. It’s not too late to safeguard your family’s comfort and clean the air for the long summer ahead!
When and if repairs or replacements do become necessary, our experienced local HVAC specialists are always ready to get you back up to speed. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with all of your air conditioning needs, from emergency repairs to air quality upgrades. We’re also certified to work on all major brands of air conditioners, including Carrier, so you can rest assured that your system is in good hands.
The Best AC Company in Gainesville, FL and Beyond
Mid-Florida Heating and Air provides comprehensive HVAC services for homes and businesses in Alachua County and surrounding communities. With locations in Gainesville, Ocala, and Lady Lake, we’re your local experts committed to quality service. Don’t let AC maintenance, repairs, or replacements wait—let Mid-Florida Heating & Air go above and beyond for you today!