Air conditioners are a necessity in hot, humid climates. However, they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If not cleaned on a regular basis, your air conditioner can become a health hazard. In this article, we will show you how to clean your air conditioner in a quick and easy way.
Have you ever considered how much fun washing your air conditioner can be? But have you wondered how to clean your air conditioner at home the old fashioned way? So many people like using bottled liquid cleaner due to its ease of use, its non flammability, and its smell. But when the bottles become old and lose their persistance and rubber insulation, the subsequently leak and become hazardous to workers.
But what about cleaning your air conditioner without the use of hazardous or expensive chemicals? Through proper cleaning and maintenance, your air conditioner can stay clean for months. You don’t have to pay monthly to hire air conditioning cleaning service, because using the right cleaning tools, you can clean your air conditioner in five minutes. They are the right size, the right shape and the right strength.
Now, there are different methods of cleaning your air conditioner. The main one is to put the AC unit in the refrigerator and run it for two minutes. Once it has finished, remove the switch then turn it off. Now, roll it into the washing machine alongside soapy water, using a carpet or rug cleaner. As soon as you have finished rinse it off thoroughly and leave it to dry for a few hours. This is a good practice to cleaning each room, bathrooms and even the kitchen.
Step 1: Clean Air Conditioner Filter
The first step of air conditioning is cleaning your air conditioner filter. You will hear the water from your air conditioner evaporate when you press the fan on the bottom of the unit. But, many times when it expires, it causes mold and bacteria to leak on top of the unit and will then grow in your indoor air. You will end up coughing a lot when you are inside. The easiest way to get rid of this mold and bacteria is to clean the air conditioner filter and replace it with new one. Take the old filter and put it into a sink. If there is still some water on the filter, you can pour them out, but it will refill with water when it still dry. Once you remove the water, put it to clean using soap or detergent so the dirt will be washed away with it. After you wash the filter, you can place it into a trash container or take it to the recycling center.
Step 2: Dissolve Dried Up Dirt with Vinegar
Once you are done with cleaning your air conditioner’s filters and dust, set it up for cleaning.
This two-step cleaning process is typically referred to as the vinegar or formula cleaning process, and it is essential to clean your air conditioner and A/C filter on a regular basis.
For this process, you will need a spray of vinegar and some inexpensive electric fans.
Dissolve one cup of vinegar mixed with one cup of warm water in the unit and leave for a couple of hours to clean. Remember, because this solution is acidic, it may make it even easier for bacteria to grow in the unit.
As soon as the unit is finished cleaning, check the filter again and remove any mold, dust etc, as it may prevent your A/C unit and filter from working properly. And best of all, it’s eco-friendly and cheap.
Step 3: Final Cleaning
The final step is to blow some air into the air conditioner. If everything went well and the filter is still in place, you should notice a nice refreshing scent. This is usually not a smell you pay extra for, only as a bonus.
If you are looking for an odorless air freshener, it is best to go with essential oils. Essential oils are mostly safe for indoor air freshening and you can even get them at highly affordable prices at your local home store.
Summer has arrived, and with it the heat! Air conditioners are a lifesaver during the summer months, but they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and other allergens.