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Some common A/C upgrades that homeowners receive sales pitches for are Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products.

These are products that improve the air that your family breathes regularly. IAQ products are often extremely helpful for the overall quality of the air in your home. However, many times, consumers don’t understand what they are purchasing and become dissatisfied with their purchase.

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Keep scrolling to find the 3 questions to ask BEFORE buying one of these types of systems.


Air filters of all types, UV lights, and photo-ionization products are all examples of IAQ systems. Here are the questions you should always ask before buying.

What is the ongoing cost of operation per year?

Many IAQ products require regular cleaning and filter, bulb, or cartridge replacement, and sometimes all of the above. You should be very clear about what the ongoing cost of operation will be when making a decision. Be sure to ask your technician for some cost breakdowns to make sure you know what the upkeep costs will be like.

Are you required to buy these products through the installing contractor? Or can you purchase them elsewhere?

In some cases, you can buy filters, bulbs, and cartridges over the counter at local hardware stores. But in most cases, you will be required to buy them through the installing contractor or possibly online. Sometimes, the process can be time-consuming and frustrating, so it’s best if you know what to expect up front.

What specific problem does this particular indoor air quality product address?

Indoor air can be a confusing and complex subject. Dust and pollen that bother one person may not bother another. Some systems deal with live organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, while others deal with larger particles. Be sure that the installing company is clear with you about the purpose and expectations you can have of each product.

In closing, there is no single IAQ solution that cures all ills. Your best bet is to know specifically what you hope to accomplish and match an air quality solution to your needs.

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