Archive for April, 2010

Clean Air And Your Air Conditioner

The hot days of summer are coming and we will all be looking for ways to stay cool. Today, air conditioners are the way most people choose to keep themselves cool but we need to think not only staying cool but also of staying healthy. In fact staying healthy should be uppermost in your mind. This is exactly what a good air conditioner should help you do.

 Clean Air And Your Air Conditioner Apart from cooling a room, a good air conditioner should also filter the air coming out of it. A quality air conditioner will be made so that it thoroughly filters the outside air and allows only clean air to enter your home.

What you need, is an air conditioner that comes with an inbuilt air filter. Not all air conditioners available on the market are capable of filtering the outside air to the same extent. So if you are really concerned about the quality of air you are breathing or if you have problems breathing because of dust, fumes and smoke, allergies or chronic breathing problems you should go for a high quality air conditioner, which has a proper air cleaner built into it.

To make sure your air conditioner has a good long life and your air filtration set up functions properly, you will need to give it regular attention and maintenance. Don’t wait until your air conditioner stops cooling properly or the inside air isn’t as clean as it should be before you give it maintenance. In fact, experts suggest you change or clean the filter every month to ensure the best air quality and for it to continue cooling properly. Some people may think they only have to look at it once a year but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

 Clean Air And Your Air Conditioner Few routine chores will pay off more handsomely, both in comfort and in dollars saved, than a simple air conditioner cleaning. You can bet that it doesn’t take long for dirt and debris to clog the cooling fins and lower the unit’s efficiency. Dirty air conditioners will even stop cooling altogether. Contractors estimate that more than 90 percent of air-conditioner failures were the result of the owner’s failing to clean them!

Also if your air conditioner is not properly maintained, and operated, the components can become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present (and it is), the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space.

Start by removing the filter from the front grille. If it is a disposable type simply replace it with a new one. Other types are made in a plastic frame and can be cleaned and reused. To clean a reusable type filter lay it flat in the sink and sprinkle the surface with laundry detergent. Then cover with about one inch of hot water, just enough so the filter is submerged. Soak for 15 minutes. Remove from water and rinse with warm water then hang it up to dry before reinstalling it.

 Clean Air And Your Air Conditioner Homeowners can also keep the condenser and evaporator coils clean which will help the unit run longer and more efficiently. When cleaning the coils of a window air conditioner, use a low-foaming cleaner. You can also purchase coil cleaner in an aerosol can which is quite convenient and simple to use.

Indoor air quality may be invisible, but it still has an impact on your family’s health and the health of your home. Levels of many pollutants can be far higher indoors than they are outdoors and indoor pollutants can seriously affect your health. Having a good air conditioner is not enough, so remember to open your doors and windows from time to time to flush the impure air out of your home. Your house keeping style can also have a big impact on the health of your home.

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