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Do Air Conditioners Bring in Fresh Air from Outside?

Air conditioning units are common in homes, offices, and commercial buildings. They make your time in the space comfortable and productive. However, you cannot help but wonder where your air conditioner gets the cool air. Is it from the air outside your space, or is it the same air circulating inside the room?


Where Does the Air Conditioner Get Its Air?


It is a common misconception that air conditioners take in air from outside and bring it into your space. Although certain components of some kinds of air conditioners are located outside, they do not bring in outside air. Instead, air conditioners bring heat outside through a heat pump.


The air from your air conditioner is just the air from your room. It is circulated and cooled repeatedly by your air conditioner. Your AC unit takes the heat out of this air and pumps it outside using a heat pump. The air is then taken to the refrigerant to cool it down before going into the unit’s return air intake. Before it is released into your space, the air passes through a filter to remove debris and dust from the air. This process makes your air clean and free from harmful pollutants.


The fact that AC units do not bring in “fresh” outside air is very helpful, especially for those who suffer from pollen allergies. Bringing in outside air can lead to the potential risk of bringing in pollen and particulate matter that can be very harmful to your health. By recirculating the air already present in your room, you can ensure that it is mostly free from pollen and dust, as it is filtered repeatedly by your AC unit.


How to Maintain Clean Air


Although your air conditioning systems have built-in air filters, you still have to take some extra steps to ensure that you and your loved ones breathe in quality air. Here are some measures you can take to maintain the freshness and purity of air circulating in your space:


● Air filter cleaning or changing


Your air conditioner filters out air repeatedly to prevent dust, pollen, mold, and particulate matter from mixing in with the air you breathe in. So, it is necessary to clean or change out your air filters regularly.


● Regular maintenance checks by professionals


Minor or major defects in your AC unit can affect the quality of the air that you are inhaling. Getting your unit checked by a technician regularly will ensure that your unit is not faulty and malfunctioning. Most maintenance services also include cleaning the unit, so you do not have to worry about getting your hands dirty. No matter how minor this step may seem, you can save so much money in the long run because this prevents major unit breakdowns.


● Open your windows


It does not hurt to open up your windows sometimes and let the outside air in. This will change out air that has been re-circulating inside your room for a while. Air that gets recycled countless times without replacement eventually loses oxygen. Letting air from the outside into your house will bring in fresh and oxygen-rich air for your air conditioner to filter and cool.


Air conditioners are wired to cool your space’s air and give you a convenient and comfortable experience. However, you can also take extra measures to ensure that you and your loved ones are inhaling fresh and healthy air. Taking extra steps such as regular maintenance check-ups will prevent you and your family from contracting respiratory diseases.


If you have serious concerns about both the temperature and cleanliness of your indoor air, you can have both systems installed. If both work at the same time, they may benefit each other while creating the most comfortable possible indoor air for your family.


HVAC Contractor


ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re having issues with your HVAC system, we’re on-call and ready to assist you with your air conditioning needs. So if you’re in need of an HVAC Contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an air conditioning service call diagnostic! Our HVAC experts will diagnose any issues that may be occurring with your HVAC system and help to repair your AC issue on the spot.


Best of all because ECM is the largest HVAC company in South Florida our local warehouse facility that is 69,000 SQFT houses over $1 million in inventory and fully stocks our 127 vehicles on the road, making us one of the very few AC service companies capable of repairing most issues right on the spot. That means no waiting and no downtime without air conditioning for you & your family in the blistering Florida heat!


Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC team online.

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