If you live in the Greater El Paso area, you know that allergens, dust and other airborne particles are just part of being outdoors in a dry desert climate. But have you ever wondered if those same irritants are getting inside your home as well? Protect your family and improve your home’s indoor air quality by learning how to recognize when your air conditioner needs cleaning.
Signs of a Dirty Air Conditioner
When your AC system’s coils aren’t clean, it can lower your home’s air quality. However, you usually can’t see poor indoor air quality with the naked eye. To recognize when you might need to clean your AC system, look for these signs:
- Unit breakdowns: If your unit is malfunctioning, it may be a sign that it’s become too dirty to work properly.
- Increased energy bills: A dirty air conditioner can’t function as efficiently as a clean one, causing your energy bills to rise.
- Warmer temps: Your AC may struggle to get your home sufficiently cool if the coils are too dirty.
- Early replacement: If the coils remain dirty for too long, it can shorten the lifespan of the AC system and cause you to need a replacement earlier than anticipated.
How to Clean Your Air Conditioner
If you want to improve the lifespan and efficiency of your AC unit, make sure a professional cleans its coils regularly. Periodically clear away debris and dust from around the outdoor unit to help keep the inner coils clean. You should also change your air filters every 30 to 90 days. Coils located in an indoor unit can accumulate dust and other airborne particles more quickly when the filters are dirty.
Schedule bi-annual HVAC maintenance visits so a service technician can carefully clean your air conditioner’s coils. This isn’t something you should try to do on your own since the coil fins are extremely sensitive and can be easily damaged.
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