Summer is officially on its way, which means we can look forward to all the good stuff, like mangoes, cricket and Christmas-time! The warmer days also mean a lot more air conditioner usage, so it’s a good idea to prepare your unit at home for the new season.
There aren’t too many parts of air conditioners that owners can service – most need a professional’s touch to ensure they’re handled smoothly and safely. The exception for most models is the filter, the cleaning of which is relatively simple.
As they work, your air conditioner uses filters ensure it’s not pushing nasty dust and allergens into the room as it works. To keep the system running and cooling smoothly, these filters will require a good regular cleaning. This helps to keep running costs down as well, since obstructed airflow in the filters can force units to work harder and so draw more power.
This type of cleaning is recommended as often as every two weeks by some manufacturers.
If you haven’t cleaned the filters in a while, the best time is now! Here’s how:
Step 1: Remove the filters from the unit; be gentle as you remove them, so as not to damage the unit. Since a split-system air conditioner unit will likely be above head-height, ensure you use an even-footed step stool or step-ladder to retrieve them.
Step 2: If this is the first clean they’ve had in a while, wash the filters gently in warm, soapy water. Most of the dust and dirt should come away with very little effort.
Step 3: Leave the filters to dry outside in the shade. This shouldn’t take too long.
Step 4: Restore the newly sparkling-clean filters to their place in the air conditioner. This is also a good opportunity for a quick wipe-down of the front of the unit.
Now that the filters have been thoroughly cleaned, they can simply be vacuumed every fortnight throughout the warmer months, when usage is high.
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