Why is it important that your air conditioner be serviced regularly?
After regular use, all home and office air conditioners become infected by microbial contamination. This includes bacteria, mould, and fungi. The perfect environment for these contaminants is the air conditioner. They are constantly inhaled every time your air conditioner turns on. Combining mould and humidity can make a dangerous combination.
Most consumers don’t know how important it is to clean their air conditioners regularly and believe that simply cleaning the filters will suffice. It is easy to clean your filters. The entire head unit should be cleaned after regular use.
Operation of standard air conditioner system
The return grill draws air from your home or office and then passes it through an air filter to the ‘air handler (the head unit).
The circulating fan and heat exchange coil, also known as the evaporator, is located inside the air handler. The evaporator removes heat from the air it blows on because it is cold.
Water can also leave deposits on the surfaces of the evaporator. Outlet grills allow the cooled air to return to the room. The moisture is absorbed into a drain pan underneath the evaporator and then drains out through a pipe.
Air conditioning: Sources of microbiological contamination
Dust can be found in the air you breathe into your office or home. Even the most effective filters can only capture a small amount of this material. The rest of it falls into the air stream and onto heat transfer surfaces. It reacts with the water, and the spores grow quickly.
Indoor air quality and microbial contamination of air conditioner systems
The air conditioning system can be a breeding ground for mould, mildew and other biological contaminants. These contaminants can then spread throughout the home. Systems components can be used as sources of particles or volatile organic chemicals (VOC) in direct and indirect ways.
Bio-aerosol generation and biological growth are the most serious allergens. One of the most difficult types of allergens to avoid is airborne allergens. Heating and cooling air conditioning systems can be great breeding grounds for moulds. This system provides efficient distribution.
It is important to clean your air conditioner filters, but that’s not enough.
Your air conditioner’s filter can be cleaned. It may be cleaned with antibacterial soap. However, bacteria and mould will quickly return.
Your air conditioner’s normal operation creates a moist environment that allows mould and bacteria to thrive in as little time as three months.
The problem lies in the places you can’t reach. The indoor coil, fan, drain pan, and line are all damp environments where mould, fungus, and bacteria thrive. It is best to have your home protected by having the mould, fungus, and bacteria from your air conditioner removed using environmentally-friendly HVAC cleaning products. This will also help reduce the risk of recontamination. Unacceptable levels of mould & bacteria in your air conditioner can cause asthma attacks, suppress your immune system, and trigger symptoms such as skin irritations, cold & flu symptoms, and skin reactions. There is a way to provide comfort-controlled air for your family that is healthy.
Common signs of a contaminated air conditioner
Although symptoms may vary, the following complaints are often associated with contaminated air conditioning.
- Asthma attacks
- Sore throat
- Dry, sore eyes
- Respiratory problems
- Tightness in the chest
- Common colds
- Flu-like or flu symptoms
Air conditioners that minimize the growth of biologicals
A broad-spectrum antimicrobial is a treatment that kills micro-organisms. It can be used to clean your office or home. The system will not only kill bacteria, mould, and fungi but also inhibit their growth for as long as 6 months.
Additional benefits of air conditioning cleaning
Regularly cleaning and flushing your system will make it more efficient, last longer and use less energy.
Common bacteria secretes sulphuric acids that chemically combine sulphur from the air with hydrogen and oxygen in the water. This is what causes most of the corrosion in air conditioning systems. These chemicals can cause damage to aluminium coils or fasteners.
Air conditioner cleaning frequency
It is recommended that split system air conditioner units be cleaned at least once per 12 months, but ideally, every 6 months if there is high usage. We recommend cleaning your split system air conditioner unit at the transition of seasons from winter to spring and winter to winter.
5 Star Air Conditioner Clean
Our technicians will remove contaminants from your air conditioner, including the condensate drain pan, condensate drain pan, filters, and supply and return grills. Our HVAC cleaning products are non-toxic, bio-degradable, and environmentally friendly. Our experts can help you design a maintenance program that will maintain indoor air quality and equipment efficiency, depending on your budget and health needs.