One of the key components of professional air conditioning maintenance is coil cleaning. It can mean the difference between a central A/C system that performs well, saves energy and money, keeps the home comfortable and lasts a long time – and one that performs poorly in all areas.
Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance (which includes coil cleaning) is the most cost-effective way to ensure that your system is always in top shape.
Why are coils so important? Here’s how they function:
- The evaporator coil (indoor or cold coil) absorbs heat from inside air blown over it by the air handler fan
- The condenser (outdoor or warm coil) repels heat as the fan blows outdoor air over its surface
Of course, the air blown over the coils is filled with dust, pollen, mold spores and other lung-irritants, allergens and air pollutants, causing coils to get dirty and become less efficient. The evaporator coil and condensate drain pan are especially vulnerable to bacteria and mold. Recirculation of these contaminants will ruin your indoor air quality.
Here in Southwest Florida, we depend upon our central air conditioners for much of the year, so coil cleaning is well-advised and it’s simple to set up. Just call your local HVAC expert. Remember, ignoring economical preventive maintenance for your home comfort system can lead to:
- Higher monthly energy costs
- Frequent equipment breakdowns and repairs
- A shortened life span for your system and a possible need for early replacement
- Poor indoor air quality
- Poor ventilation and airflow, possibly leading to health issues and leaving unpleasant, stale odors around the house
- Compromised comfort level in the home, or parts of the home
- Energy waste and harm to the environment
To avoid all of these issues in your home and maintain excellent air quality for your family, just talk to your air conditioning contractor to request a routine inspection and maintenance visit. Your technician will clean coils using specialized equipment and perform all other necessary upkeep tasks to get your A/C ready for summer.
Questions about coil cleaning and system maintenance? Contact the professionals at Conditioned Air. Visit our website to learn more or just give us a call.
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