With summer approaching and the use of air conditioning increasing, here are some reasons you should keep your aircon system clean! Air conditioners are a wonderful invention to help us keep cool during hot days/nights. However, air conditioners build up a lot of dust overtime and if they aren’t cleaned, it doesn’t make for a healthy home or an efficient air conditioner.
Airconditioners that are filled with dust aren’t only damaging to you and your family’s health, but is also damaging to your air conditioning system! So let’s get into it…With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat absorbing capacity.
Clean aircon = a healthy environment. Dirty aircon = harmful environment. Keeping your aircon clean is not only beneficial $$$ wise, but is also beneficial health wise. Allergies and asthma are often worsened by dirty aircons. Many symptoms of these aircon induced allergies, include; headaches; sneezing; coughing and; skin irritations.
As aircon is often used as a cooling method for hot air, it causes a lot of moisture and condensation. Undoubtedly, this makes your aircon unit a breeding ground for fungi and microorganisms, which can cause these symptoms.
Steve Beeler, president of RSC air conditioning and heating says The indoor section of an air conditioning unit creates condensation all summer long when the air conditioning unit runs, and is a prime catalyst for mold and mildew growth, as the system lays dormant over winter, the mold can spread and grow and, if not cleaned properly, can create respiratory problems and what some people refer to as a ‘dirty sock odor.’ The blower wheel and motor also can become dust covered, which is a food source for mold to thrive.” That’s why it’s recommended that you get your air conditioner cleaned professionally at least once a year, to stop this harmful growth of mould and bacteria (Time.com, 2015).
Another one of the benefits of cleaning your aircon, is power efficiency. For your aircon unit to function efficiently and effectively, routine maintenance on aircon filters, fins and coils is essential. If regular maintenance is neglected, energy use increases and your aircon’s performance will decrease (Energy.gov, 2017). By far the easiest maintenance task you can do for your aircon, is cleaning its’ filters. Without cleaning your filters at least once a month, your air conditioner will become blocked with dirt, reducing normal airflow which reduces the unit’s efficiency. By simply removing these and giving them a quick vacuum monthly, it can lower your aircon’s energy consumption by 5-15%. If you still don’t feel like cleaning your aircon, give us a call, we can do it for you. Book Now