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I have often said that there really isn’t anything sexy about air conditioning. Usually, an ac is just a box painted in a basic color of paint. Many times it is hidden by a fence, bushes, or is exiled to the back yard where no one can see it. It is out of sight and out of mind, until that dreaded 98°F day in the middle of the summer. You have to make that call… you know the one where you are desperate to have someone please come and fix that “box”. I have even heard people say that they would pay anything to get someone out today (now). They even offer hold a flashlight or an umbrella for a tech, if needed.
This is one way that you can help prevent that call. It is time to get a little dirty.
Since Arctic Air is an ac company, you know that I have to mention that it is time to check your air conditioning filters. Yes, we are entering May. Today is the perfect day to take care of this seemingly menial task.
Some people don’t understand why this is so important. I think this will help most understand why it is critical to life of your unit. Take a straw and just suck air through it. No big deal, right? Air freely flows through the straw.
Now, take your finger and cover half of the hole at the bottom, and try sucking air through it. With the whole partial covered, air flow is still there, but not quite as free flowing, nor as easy, as when the hole wasn’t covered. Now, cover the hole completely. If you do this long enough, you will feel like your head will explode. You are starving for air. This is the same thing that is happening to your ac. It is starving for air. That is when the life of your unit is in the danger zone.
Air filters keep dust and other particulates from getting trapped in the coil. The coil is the component that allows air to flow through, and moves heat out of the air that is passing through. This process leaves us with “cooler” air coming through the vents. If this coil is filled with dirt, it won’t do a good job of pulling the heat out of the air.
Regular preventive maintenance by a licensed contractor is also important. I will write about this in the next blog.
Until then, have a safe and wonderful weekend.
Dates to be note:
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
May 10 – Mother’s Day