Ac filters are one of the reason behind cooling of room or block. My air conditioner was not as efficient as it used to be when it was new. I did some research and found that cleaning AC filters can solve my problem.
How often should I clean AC Filters? Ac filters should be clean every two weeks in dusty climate or polluted area if using too much (Ex AC’s in showrooms, offices or shops). For area where the climate is not very dusty or polluted and using air conditioner lesser, Air filters inside the indoor unit should be clean every month.
Cleaning the AC filters regularly can help reduce ac power consumption form 10% to 4%. Air filters if not clean or changed in time can affect the efficiency of ac.
How to clean AC air filters at Home?
Air filters are important for Air Conditioner maintenance, therefore they must be clean regularly.
Cleaning Air filters of AC doesn’t require rocket science degree, they can be easily clean at home by you.
Here’s how clean air filters properly,
Step 1) Open the front panel of the AC.
Step 2) After opening the panel you can see two air filter’s (As shown in figure below).
(This air filters are full of dust particle so, we request you to wear a mask before removing it)
Step 3) Remove the Air filters along with the bacteria filter.
Step 4) Cleaning AC cooling fins: After removing filters you can see the dust in fins. To clean the dust in fins, take a vacuum cleaner or air blower and clean the fins. Make sure blower of vacuum clean does not touch the fins.
Step 5) Cleaning the Air Filters: To clean the air filters properly, brush the filters and put it under the running water. Now Let the filters dry.
(If your air filters are very dusty, you can even use the detergent or washing power to clean it)
Step 6) Time to put back the air filters inside the AC into the original position.
Kudos!! You have successfully cleaned the air conditioner filters.
Above mention method was for cleaning air filters in Split AC.
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How to clean Air filters in Window AC?
To clean the air filters in the windows ac, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1) Open the front grille to remove the filter from window ac.
(During the removal of air filters from the ac, the unit must be in power of mode)
Step 2) After removing the filter, clean the air filters with soft brush under the running water to remove the dust particles.
Step 3) After washing the filter ensure that its completely dried.
Step 4) Put back the dry filter inside the AC unit into the original position.
The benefit of this exercise will improve the cooling efficiency as well as to save the energy.
Note: Never run the air conditioner without the filter, this may affect the AC’s performance.
What if you don’t clean AC Filters?
A dirty & clogged air filters can damage HVAC system & will waste money on energy cost. Some of dirty air filters impact are mention below:
- Dirty air filters puts a load on fan motor & thus it’s difficult to work & so consumes more energy.
- A dirty air filter makes ducts get dirty faster which can cause serious damage to machine or need to replace the unit.
- It can also cause system burn out problem.
When is time to change the AC air filters?
Cleaning air conditioner is one thing and changing the air filters is other. There is limit for everything, air filters has it’s expire date.
Recommended to change the air filters once a month. Even if the air filters says it doesn’t need to change for 3 months or 90 days you should change it.
The climate you stay might be more dusty and polluted. If your AC runs frequently you should definitely change air filters as more the system runs the more quicker the air filter gets dirty.
Purpose of air filter is to clean air inside the home or office & also to keep system clean.
Whenever system starts getting dirty by not changing your filters regularly enough, lots of dirty stuck on component which are not suppose to get dirty.
Which results in lower efficiency in your system, it causes system to run longer to achieve the same results.
Along with cleaning the air filter it is highly recommend to clean the front panel or grill of the air conditioning system.
You might have a thought that your air filters are clean but actually there are not completely cleaned up, there might be white dust or tiny dust particles stuck even after a washing of cleaning.