Like with other equipment, your cooling system has to undergo a thorough check after the holiday break. Start off the year by giving your air conditioning in-depth maintenance to help survive the excruciating heat of summer and dust exposure.
In some states like Western Australia, particularly in Perth, the maximum temperature can go up to 31.9°C. So make sure your AC is ready to perform at its best during the hotter months.
Below are some pointers to keep your AC (and its integral components) in tip-top condition during summer – and all year round.
The Ultimate Dust Preventor: Air Filters
The most common yet often neglected component is the filter. A filter works by filtering out dirt, pollen and dust to provide comfort and improve the quality of air within the room. Thus, the need for regular and proper cleaning is essential to allow the cool air to flow freely without the obstruction that comes from specks of dust or grime build-up. As a rule of thumb, cleaning the filter should be done on a monthly basis for maximum efficiency.
How do you clean the filter?
- Dust off the filter using a vacuum or with warm water. If you haven’t cleaned the filter for several months, you can mix water with mild soap or detergent to fully remove the accumulated dust.
- Gently wash the filter with water. Avoid washing it directly using the faucet to prevent forms of damage.
- Leave the filter in a secure place until it completely dries.
- Avoid turning on the air conditioner without putting back the filter.
Important: Be careful not to go overboard to the point of wearing out the filter. It’s best to unclog it regularly using a duster or a vacuum so you won’t be surprised to notice any system malfunctions the next time you turn on the AC.
On another note, if the filter needs to be replaced with a new one, consider checking the packaging label (usually quarterly or biannually). Relying on important factors such as your location and the number of house members should also be considered to determine how often you should change it.
The Air Director: Grilles
Ducted AC units usually have this kind of fixture. Like with air filters mounted inside an AC unit, grilles are permanent fixtures that help supply or distribute air in a different direction or angle (depending on the size and design built). Whether attached to the walls or ceilings, it’s good to have it thoroughly checked to inspect signs of damage and ensure that the frame remains firmly affixed on the sturdy surface.
Once per year is enough to perform a visual inspection but for houses or buildings with frequent dusty conditions, it may require more frequent cleaning or maintenance. When the need arises, you can use a microfibre cloth or non-abrasive sponge with water and mild soap to remove accumulated dust within the bars.
Important: Avoid using hoarse detergent or solvents to prevent any potential damage on the grilles.
The Commanding Authority: Control Systems
While checking the other components can help protect the durability of the system, inspecting the control and safety switches of the AC is also important.
Before you risk your family and property’s safety, make sure you regularly check the control panel, circuit breaker and safety switch of your AC systems (ducted or split system, etc) to prevent electrical accidents from happening. Get a licensed electrician to perform necessary inspections and testing procedures to ensure each electrical piece (wiring, switch, etc) is working properly.
Non-component wise, keep in mind the following tips:
- Consider altering the interior arrangement of your house. Doing so helps you determine what to retain or take away.
- Remove any form of obstruction that impedes proper airflow. This may include decorative accents, fittings and furniture, and closed vents that limit the distribution of cool air indoors.
- Limit the use of standalone or ceiling fans up to one to keep the steady circulation of cool air. It also helps in lowering down your electrical bills.
- For ducted systems, check the insulation covers and see if the need for replacement is required. This helps to protect the pipes or ducts against heat and humidity.
- Schedule a fine tune-up for your air conditioning unit to help increase its thriving capacity during the summer days.
Let an AC Pro Handle It
Keeping your air conditioner in good-working condition not only helps to extend its lifespan but also provides you with cost-saving benefits. You maximise the use of your equipment and at the same, you get to save money for more valuable things around the house or in your family.
Whether the system is acting up and you want to determine the cause of its poor performance, or it just needs a bit of cleaning (including the vital parts such as the filters, coils and fins), it’s best to deal with a trusted air conditioning specialist rather than figuring out the problem with no supervision.
Get an air conditioning expert and electrician to check all connections related to your AC system. Having them conduct a full function test after the cleaning process is more convenient than leaving the job to yourself. Furthermore, it’ll be safer and more relieving to know that your AC is in good hands.
Cheers to a happy new year!
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