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We all value a healthy indoor environment, and the air quality of our homes contributes heavily to this. However, we may not always give much thought to the areas of our homes that negatively affect the air we breathe. In this blog, we are going to look at one such area – air conditioning.

Although it is a good idea to have the HVAC system checked every year, there is a lot you can do to maintain your air conditioning systems. Firstly, you may want to check the outside unit to see how clean it is – you will probably find it could use a good cleaning. Remove any dirt and debris around the unit first, then you can remove the cover. Inside you should find hundreds of metal fins surrounding piping coils. The metal fins have a tendency to bend easily, these can be straightened using a tool called a fin comb.

Next, check that the unit’s drainage lines are securely fixed to the air conditioner and have not become damaged or clogged, this is important because, to work properly, condensed water has to drain from it.

Something that will affect your home’s air quality is the air conditioning filters. You should either give them a thorough clean or replace them altogether. If they are damaged or just look bad, err on the side of caution and replace them. Dirty air filters are also bad for the air conditioner’s motor.

If you haven’t cleaned your air conditioning unit in a while, why not take a little time to do it – you may find it greatly improves your home’s air quality.

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