Some of the signs of air quality problems in your home include a runny nose, watery eyes and allergy symptom flare-ups. If you are experiencing these issues, they may be coming from a dirty AC system. Your air conditioning system utilizes the air from your home’s atmosphere and converts it into cool air through a process of compression. Your system has a filter that keeps out dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and other pollutants. Without the filter, your AC system has to work harder to provide cool air and it can cause your energy bills to spike. However, a dirty air filter can be bad too – so can dirty ducts and fan blades. Here is how to clean and maintain your home’s AC system.
First, you want to replace your AC’s filter. You can do this by simply taking out the old one and putting a new one in. Yes, it is that easy. However, it is also important to understand why the filter is so important. The filter keeps out harmful pollutants that can damage your AC system and affect your health. In the summer months, you may want to think about changing out the filter on a weekly to bi-monthly basis – just to make sure your air conditioning system stays in optimal working condition.
Next, it is important to head outside – to your condenser unit. This is the part of your air conditioning system that takes the air and condenses it into the cool air that helps you beat the brutal heat in the summer. In some cases, your condenser unit may have debris inside the fan blades. This debris includes leaves, twigs and even bird droppings. When you turn on your air conditioning system, this debris can wreak havoc inside the condenser unit, so it is important to clean the fan blades and remove any debris. Remember, though, it is important to make sure your AC system is completely off before you clean these blades.
Another important element of your AC system that is important to clean is your ductwork. The ductwork of your AC system usually travels throughout your home and provides cool air to each of the rooms. If you aren’t sure what it looks like, just look for silver or metallic tubes that snake behind the walls of your home. With most AC systems, the ductwork can start to become full of dust, dander and other pollutants. When you turn on your air conditioner, these pollutants can spread throughout your home, so it is important to get your ductwork professionally cleaned – they usually take a vacuum and connect it to the vent gates to suck out all the particulates.
Lastly, cleaning and maintaining your air conditioning system – and even your overall HVAC system – is important for the sake of your health, the lifespan of your AC unit and your finances. If you don’t properly clean and maintain your AC system, you will start to experience higher than usual energy bills. Not to mention, you will also be widening your carbon footprint. In the end, you always want to make cleaning and maintenance a priority, especially during the warm summer months.