Poor upkeep of an air conditioner is one of the easiest and fastest ways to negatively affect indoor air quality – all one has to do is nothing except turn on the A/C. We at McQuerry's 24 Hour Heating & Air, the air cooling and quality experts, have some maintenance and cleaning tips that can positively renew any air conditioning system and keep everyone involved breathing right.
Check the Filter
The most important factor in maintaining both the air conditioning unit and the St. Louis air quality is the replacement or cleaning of the A/C filter. Window units often have a removable plastic frame containing a simple filter that can be rinsed under running water. These should be cleaned once a week to every few weeks, depending on the amount of dust and other pollutants in the air.
Central A/C units have more effective filters, but are not so easily cleaned out. Unless you regularly rinse out this filter, it will likely become too clogged and need to be replaced. These filters can be purchased in multi-packs, so stocking up for the season is an easy and wise method of maintaining indoor air quality.
Get a Closer Look
Window units can host nasty contaminants such as mold when left in disrepair. If the air conditioner is several years old, perform a close inspection inside the unit with a flashlight. Look for any signs of moisture as well as contaminants, as water appearing where it should not is a danger zone for mold. Should anything be discovered, have the air quality tested before disturbing the unit – it’s possible that some simple dirt or dust has collected inside the unit.
Testing Air Quality to Ensure Your Safety
If you find anything questionable in your A/C unit, or have any questions about the indoor air quality testing process, call McQuerry's 24 Hour Heating & Air or check out our website to learn more about how we can improve your way of life.