With the summer heat already upon us, most of us look forward to the soothing, cool and calm temperature of our offices or homes.
While air conditioners have become an absolute essential in our lives, right after food, water and shelter, how do we protect this almost precious piece of equipment that not only provides us with cool air, but also removes harmful germs and bacteria, thus improving our health and overall quality of living?
Here are some tips for effective air conditioning maintenance.
1) Proper Servicing
Have your air conditioner serviced by a professional ( like ourselves ) at-least once every six months. A professional can check the direction of air flow, inspect the coils and assess its efficiency.
2) Make sure the air conditioner unit’s registers are not covered
This includes window curtains and hanging plants too. Ideally, the curtains should be held about 25cms above your unit, in case of a window type air conditioner.
3) Curtains and Drapes
Use curtains to block the heat and sunlight into the room during the hottest part of the day. This not only prevents unnecessary heat accumulation in your room, but also keeps your cooling appliances clean.
Maintenance is one of the most important, and equally overlooked aspects of maintaining your air conditioner. Keep the appliance and the surroundings clean, vacuum the house regularly, and make sure wall sprays and other sticky items are kept away from the unit. Also, all kinds of indoor plants and creepers should be kept well away from the air conditioning unit. This is because these plants usually attract various small insects that might seek refuge inside your unit.
5) Chemical Cleaning
Vacuuming of the coils causes one of the most dangerous forms of air pathogens available. The growth on the coils of the air conditioners is set loose by vacuuming, which is then present in the free air that we breathe, getting lodged in our lungs and producing infections and diseases. Chemical cleaning is required for proper cleansing of the coils. Make sure the servicemen use good quality chemicals, that have been attested by recognized national laboratories before giving them the green signal. Also make sure the chemicals are properly removed from the surface of the coils once the cleaning is done, so as to prevent their mixing with the air we breathe. Proper professionals will be able to remove the lodged particles smoothly so as to allow proper flow of air and enable proper cooling.