As our residential air conditioners hum throughout the summer, it’s easy to assume they are keeping indoor air clean while keeping rooms comfortable. But their ability to “clean” the air we breathe is directly related to the quality of their filtering systems, and the volume they’re forced to handle.

Not all air filters are alike, so you need to check your air conditioner filter ratings for effectiveness, and be sure to wash or replace it as instructed. Furthermore, filters don’t necessarily clean or purify fully.

So, if you sense that the “conditioned” air in your home is compromised in its quality, you might consider supplementing your AC system with a more efficient and specialized filtering unit that can offer verifiable assurances that your air is free of specific irritants, allergens and/or toxins.