Posted on: November 25, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Air Conditioning
A good cleaning is recommended at least twice a month and should be one that involves more than just running the filters under water. Here’s a simple guide to get your filters clean and help you maintain a healthy living environment.
This simple and quick tutorial is important for the longevity and efficiency of your AC and furnace system. This filter is a washable reusable one.
An air conditioner works by pulling all of your room’s air into the unit, cooling it, and then blowing it back into the room. If your air conditioner’s filter is in good shape, your air will also get a little cleaner in the process. If not, your energy bill will increase, as your A/C has to work harder to push out clean, cool air amid all the gunk. So be sure to clean your window unit’s filter at least once a month.
Almost all A/C filters are washable. Simply pull the filter out (but be careful not to damage the delicate aluminum vent behind it), and rinse it in your sink or tub. Then use a little dishwashing liquid, and scrub with a soft-bristled brush to get any additional dust or grime out. Finally, once the filter is dry, run a vacuum cleaner hose or dust buster over it to grab any additional dust. When the filter is clean and dry, just snap it back into the unit.
Make sure your air conditioner is turned off at the mains. Carefully remove the air conditioner components. You may have to use a screwdriver to dislodge fitted screws.
Remove the filters from the air conditioner.
First and foremost, inspect them for any overt signs of wear and tear. If you spot any rips or snags, don’t even bother with the cleaning; you’re better off replacing the filters as continuing to use them when worn out will hamper efficiency.
If your filters don’t need to be replaced from tears, use a vacuum to get rid of any accumulated dirt and grime. Be as thorough as you can for effective cleaning results. Be careful however, as you do not want to puncture or tear the filter because, as stated above, tears render the filter inefficient.
Fill a basin with equal portions of water and vinegar. Make sure that whatever vessel you use is large enough so that the filters will be totally submerged when placed inside. The vinegar will kill harmful bacteria and allergens that may have accumulated in the filters.
Allow the filters adequate time to soak in the cleaning solution. If you have not cleaned the filters recently, leave them for about four hours to get properly sanitized. However, if the filters have only been used moderately or have been recently cleaned, soak for one hour.
Remove the air conditioning filters from the cleaning solution and allow the mixture to drain off. Do not rinse the filters because doing so will reverse the effects of the sanitizing process. You can place them onto an old, clean towel so that any excess solution is absorbed by the towel.
Allow the filters to dry naturally while still on the towel. It is best to place the towel outside in the yard or wherever some sunshine is available to facilitate effective drying.
Fit back the filters into the air conditioner and replace the air conditioner components. You can now enjoy cleaner, more breathable air.
It’s important to clean air conditioner filters in the AC unit in your home or office. Poorly maintained filters not only hurt the energy efficiency of your entire unit but also greatly affect the quality of the air you breathe.Because these filters are the perfect place for allergens and dangerous bacteria to collect and grow, it’s important to really clean them two or three times each month. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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