Why and How to Clean Your Air-Conditioner
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic overtook the news last month, air quality has been at the forefront of many people’s minds.
Masks are sold out all over China, and air purifiers have never been a hotter commodity.
Even though the virus is probably not living in your air-conditioning unit, it’s essential for our health that we keep our immune systems as healthy as possible.
Most people have never even opened their air conditioning units, let alone ever cleaned them.
This can be dangerous because of the infections that can be caused by breathing in the dust, pollen, and mold that builds up inside of an unclean air-conditioner.
The particles that breed inside of an air-conditioner can become airborne as we use it, and once inside our lungs, can cause legionnaire’s disease (a type of pneumonia).
In the very least it could be responsible for the cough, sore throat, or itchy eyes you may be experiencing.
It’s therefore time to get in there and clean the air-conditioner.
We don’t need to hire a professional or replace the unit; we can do this ourselves.
You should always make sure you’re maintaining your home unit, but you should also be checking the air-conditioners in hotel and Airbnb rooms you’re renting.
Even if you’re only staying the night, you don’t need 15 hours of breathing mold spores and bacteria.
Once you know what to do, it couldn’t be simpler. So let’s get started.
Climb up to the air-conditioner (safely) and make sure it’s unplugged from the wall.
Then reach onto either side of the panel and either pull the levers or push the buttons (depending on the brand). Doing this will detach the front panel and allow you to lift it, revealing the filters underneath.
Gently pull the filters out, you’ll be able to easily see how dirty they are.
If they’re dirty, they’ll need to be cleaned. I like to clean my filters in the shower, they’re water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them.
You can either use a brush or your fingers to push the wet filth away and reveal the clean filter underneath.
Once clean, place the filters somewhere to dry.
I like to dry mine over my dehumidifier, but anywhere warm is fine. Outside in direct sunlight is best.
While the filters are drying, go back to the air-conditioner and hand-wipe the inside clean. You can also spray the inside with an air-conditioner cleaning spray if you have some.
Once the filters are dry, slide them back into place and close the front panel. You should hear a satisfying ‘click’ once it’s sealed properly. Plug the unit back in, then enjoy breathing the clean air.
It sounds like a pain, but cleaning your air-conditioner is a really simple step you can take to look after the health of yourself and your family.
If you’re in a hotel, use the dirty filters as an excuse to throw a fit and get a comped breakfast from the manager (just kidding…)
Just make sure you’re checking your air-conditioner twice a year, and you’ll be fine.
It’s easy to remember because there are really only two times a year they become essential. As it starts getting too hot, and as it starts getting freezing cold.
Each time you feel the temperature becoming unbearable in either direction, it means it’s time to check the device that’ll protect your sanity through the worst of it.
Stay safe out there, and breathe easy.