Your air conditioning system does a great job of keeping the house nice and cool during the hot summer months. Despite this amazing benefit that air conditioning it provides, one drawback is that certain parts of an air conditioner accumulate a lot of dust and other contaminants. Because of the contaminants and allergens an air conditioner accumulates, it's important to clean it on a regular basis. As you are cleaning, there are certain parts of your air conditioner you'll want to pay close attention to.
Here are three parts of your air conditioning system you should clean.
Some air conditioners come with a filter that needs to be replaced periodically. Other air conditioners have filters where you remove it, clean it, and put it back inside. If you have this type of filter, you can simply rinse it under warm water. You can use a mild detergent if the filter is really dirty. If the filter smells, use baking soda in the water to remove the odor. Once the filter has completely dried, you can put it back in the air conditioner.
2. Air Ducts
Another part of the air conditioning system that accumulates contaminants and allergens is the air ducts. Cleaning your air ducts can greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home and get rid of odors. Before you clean your air ducts, you will want to make sure your air conditioning system is off. After you take off the air duct covers, clean the ducts with your vacuum cleaner. You will need to use the long hose to reach down into the air duct.
While you can clean the air ducts yourself, you may want to hire an HVAC contractor if there is mold growth or you think there is a rodent or insect infestation in your ducts. If the airflow in each of your rooms is inconsistent, you may also consider hiring a professional.
3. Outdoor Unit
Debris surrounding your air conditioning system's outdoor unit could prevent an adequate flow of cool air inside your home. For this reason, you should get rid of leaves, weeds, and plants that are too close to the outdoor unit. After you turn off the power to your air conditioning system, you can clean the fins with an AC fin comb.
This special type of comb has soft bristles that won't damage the fins on your outdoor unit. You can also remove the fan from your outdoor unit, remove debris from inside, and clean the fins with a water hose.
For more information, contact an air conditioning service in your area.