Clean air within the home is important to your health and quality of life. There are several steps you can take to help ensure that the air remains clean in your home. The good news is that these steps will also improve the operation and efficiency of your air conditioner.
Tip #1: Upgrade your filter
Every AC unit has a filter. Many people simply buy a pack of several disposable filters and change them out a couple of times a year. If you want to ensure that you have the cleanest air possible, invest in the higher quality HEPA filters. These are designed to catch smaller particles, which means less dust, pollen, pollutants, and other irritants circulating into your home. Change the filter out monthly to ensure the best operation. When changing the filter, use the wand attachment on your vacuum to remove any dust and dirt that has collected inside the filter compartment, as well.
Tip #2: Clean the ducts
Air ducts can collect a lot of dirt, dust, and even mold spores, which ire then blown into your home each time the AC pops on. To combat this, duct cleaning is necessary. You can maintain the ducts between professional cleaning by removing the register covers and vacuuming out the portion of the duct you can reach with your vacuum wand. Every year or two, schedule a professional cleaning with a company like Rizzo Heating & Air Conditioning to have the debris that has collected throughout the entire duct system removed. This is especially important if you live in a damp climate or have severe allergies.
Tip #3: Wash the exterior unit
Washing the exterior unit may only seem useful for keeping the AC running efficiently, but it also prevents some dirt from making its way into the air of your home. Dust and dirt that collects on and in the exterior unit can also settle on the blower fan, which means it will then blow into your home. To clean the exterior unit, first shut off power to it, then remove the cover. Vacuum out any leaves or debris that has collected inside, then wipe down the fan. Finish by hosing down the unit and its cover, before replacing the cover. This should be done at least once a year in spring, or more often if your exterior unit tends to collect dust.
Contact an AC professional if you need more help in cleaning your AC unit and the ductwork.