Your first to improve your indoor air quality today step is quick, inexpensive, and will provide immediate results. Replace your current air conditioning filter with a higher efficiency filter!
If you hold your current air filter up to the light….and can see through it…..then particles are going to go straight through it too! When you hold your new higher efficiency air filter up to the light, you should NOT be able to see through it.
Simply put, a higher efficiency air filter will remove more of the smaller airborne particles that can get into our lungs to aggravate us, from the indoor air providing you with cleaner air to breathe.
Although a new air filter will not clean existing dirty ducts, it is a good start in filtering the air circulating through your home. It will start to reduce airborne contaminants and dust each time the air conditioning is running, providing you with a cleaner air flow. Once your equipment has been professionally cleaned, your new filter will help keep your air conditioning equipment clean which will also help with your energy bill.
It’s important to note that all air conditioning filters must FIRST properly fit your air conditioning unit. If not properly fitted and installed, air always takes the path of least resistance which means that some of your air will NOT go through the filter and you will not see a reduction in your airborne particles.
Most air conditioning equipment should have the capacity to handle the additional air restriction which will occur when you use a higher efficiency filter. Do not use cheesecloth or other very restrictive methods to try to control dust within the air conditioning system as this can damage the equipment.
Call us at Air Duct Aseptics to discuss your filter requirements toll free 888-707-7763 or visit us online at www.ADAflorida.com
CLEAN OR REPLACE FILTERS
According to the US Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program, air filters play a critical role in maintaining indoor air quality and protecting the downstream components of the cooling equipment (coils, blower, etc) from accumulating dirt that reduces equipment efficiency. Dirty filters force air to go around filtration sections and the unfiltered bypass air deposits diet on the cooling/heating coils rather than on the filter. Routinely change or replace filters based on either regular intervals or by visual inspection. Intervals can range from 1-6 months, depending on the dirt loading from both the indoor and outdoor air. In commercial facilities, measuring the pressure drop across the filter is the most reliable way to rate dirt loading on the filter.
INSPECT AND CLEAN EVAPORATOR AND CONDENSER COOLING COILS
A dirty evaporator coil will reduce cooling capacity and degrade equipment energy efficiency. A clogged evaporator coil reduces air flow through the coil, causing the compressor motor to consume more energy, Exposed to unfiltered outdoor air, condenser coils easily trap dust and debris, raising the condensing temperature and reducing the cooling capacity. According FEMP, a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) study showed that a dirty condenser coil can increase compressor energy consumption by 30%. The evaporator coils and condenser coils should, be inspected at least once per year for clean air-side passage. Replacing filters on a regular basis will also keep the evaporator coils relatively clean.
FACT: According to FEMP, a dirty condenser coil that raises condensing temperature from 95oF to 105oF cuts cooling capacity by 7% and increases power consumption by 10%, with a new (compressor) efficiency reduction of SIXTEEN PERCENT. In just one 10-ton unit operating 2,000 hours per year, this wastes about $250 per year in operating costs.
FIX LEAKS IN CABINET AND DUCTWORK
Pressurized air can easily find its way to leak through the unit cabinet and ductwork. Leaking air reduces the cooling capacity and wastes energy from the loss of the cooled air. According to FEMP, energy benefits from cabinet integrity and duct sealing are estimated to be about 20% of the annual cooling consumption, based on a recent study of HVAC systems in Southern California. Comfort in buildings with tight HVAC systems is expected to improve because the system will be able to deliver sufficient cooled air (as designed) to serve the space loads. First, an easy task is to to check the cabinets and correct air leakage. Some corrective actions include replacing screws or latches, patching or replacing gaskets, or replacing missing screws on loose access panels.
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Don’t forget, now is the time to make sure that your air conditioning system is in tip top condition for the coming summer months. The last thing you need after a hard days’ work is to come home to a hot house, meaning a poor nights’ sleep at the very least!
A tune-up on your air conditioning equipment can identify potential issues before they become a major problem. Our 17-point tune-up will leave you feeling confident that your equipment is up to the task for keeping you cool this summer 🙂
Change your filter every 30-60 days; service your a/c unit every 6 months and clean your HVAC ductwork every 2-10 years. Call Air Duct Aseptics today at 888-707-7763 to schedule your service.
To ensure client and occupant safety, and in addition to being a Class “A” Air Conditioning contractor, Air Duct Aseptics are proud to announce that we are among the first group of companies in Florida to be awarded the state license to perform Mold Remediation 🙂 This is now a requirement of the state of Florida to be able to perform mold remediation.
If you need it done right the first time, call today 888-707-7763 or visit us online at http://www.airductaseptics.com