As the months get hotter and the nights get muggier, the thing that you are going to want most is a nice cool home. Your house can be your summer refuge during those blazing hot days. But without a proper working air conditioner, that little refuge will be more of a dream than a reality. Fortunately for you, there’s a way to constantly make sure that you are getting the most out of your air conditioner.
The trick? Keep it clean! Especially the AC condenser coils. Now it may seem like common knowledge to keep something in your house clean, but what you may not know is how dust and dirt can affect the overall functionality of your air conditioner. It can even affect the energy efficiency of this machine, causing it to work harder (and in return, costing you more money. Yikes.).
First, let’s take a closer look at the AC condenser coils. These coils keep the cooling cycles moving throughout your home. The condenser coil absorbs the heat by the refrigerant at the evaporator coils to prepare for the next cooling cycle.
Now if these coils are clogged up with dust, dirt, or even oil, it can cause issues with the entire cooling system. Clogged coils will block airflow and will interfere with the heat exchange happening during the cooling process. If there’s blocking happening with the system, your AC will try and work harder to bring in the cool air that you are expecting it to produce. This makes the AC unit less efficient, which of course is going to cost a lot more money.
So yes, simply cleaning your AC unit and condenser coils will make a huge difference when it comes to the cost and the cooling of your home. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to properly cleaning your unit, here’s how to clean a room air conditioner. Or if you’re dealing with a central AC unit, here’s how to clean your AC condenser unit.