Air conditioning can make the difference between heaven and hell on a hot day, especially during the brutal humidity of the wet season. Productivity can grind to a halt if you are sweltering, let alone the ability to kick back and relax. An air conditioner that runs efficiently is important, not only from a comfort standpoint, but from an environmental and financial standpoint, as well. By ensuring your system is running smoothly, you can enjoy life in comfort, while getting some great energy savings, too.
Because they are common in most homes, the following tips apply to split system air conditioners; however, these principles will generally apply to other systems, although some details may differ. It is also always a smart idea to be familiar with the instructions that came with your particular unit. If you don't have the paper copy, many manuals are downloadable from the internet. Look on the official company website for your particular model first.
Even if your air conditioner has a self cleaning function, you can't beat a good manual cleaning to get rid of accumulated dirt and dust, which may also contain pollen, microbes and pathogens that can damage your health. Why use more energy resources and pay more on your bill when all it takes are some simple steps to keep your air conditioner clean and well-maintained?
Here are some tips on how to keep your air conditioner running at peak efficiency.
It sounds intuitive, but you'd be surprised how many people forget crucial things like this. Make sure there is absolutely no power running to the unit. For additional safety, you can disconnect at the circuit board level, if you have that option in your home.
The compartment cover is usually easy to pop off and open. Once opened, you will see one or more mesh filters. Pull them out carefully. You should be able to see the dust and dirt that has been trapped by the mesh. Follow these steps next:
The louvres, which look a little like Venetian blinds, are what direct air flow. Some models have louvres you can remove with ease. If you are able to remove them, wipe them with a dry cloth or use a little vacuum. Don't forget to do this to the space around them in the unit.
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It's more about taking preventative measures for keeping outside units running well. Keep the unit free of grass, twigs, leaves and other debris that can clog the air intake. Make sure you clear any grass, shrubs or branches around the unit, too. You don't want a higher chance of debris crashing onto the unit during extreme weather. Brush away cobwebs and anything that tends to accumulate. You could even run a vacuum over the air intake to help clear dust and dirt from the inside.
You may come across websites that tell you how to clean the unit's condenser coils. The coils definitely benefit from cleaning, but you may want to reserve this job for a professional. The following things could go wrong:
The cleaner your air conditioner, the better it's going to work. If you check and clean the components regularly, each session should take less time and effort, too. If you wait until the unit is so clogged with gunk that it noticeably affects the level of air conditioning you are getting, the job is going to be far tougher to do.
It is also a good idea to set up preventative maintenance for your air conditioner. This service more than pays for itself in the long run. Trained technicians can identify parts that are getting worn and identify potential problem areas or inefficiencies. They can also give you cleaning and maintenance instructions specific to your unit.
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Some of the more complicated servicing is best left for the professionals, but there are simple, easy things you can do to keep your air conditioner clean and running efficiently.