Despite the nice, fresh, cool breeze you get to enjoy every time there are high winds, those high winds are far from beneficial to your air conditioning and HVAC system. The high winds blow dirt and debris into your air conditioner which can clog the air filter and decrease the quality of the air in your home. The high winds can also damage many different components of your air conditioning unit such as the coils and the coil fins.
Knowing how to clean, inspect, and maintain these components and the air filter is the key to protecting your air conditioner and improving the quality of the air in your home:
The Air Filter
If you live in an area with high winds, you are going to need to clean and replace your air conditioner's filter often. This will ensure the filter continues to work efficiently. Your air filter is what catches all of the dirt, debris, and dust in the air and preventing it from continue to circulate through your home.
As the filter gets dirty, your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep the air in the room clean. Changing the filter will ensure high quality air and a more efficient air conditioner.
The condenser and evaporator coils will also collect both dust and dirt particles. If you have a condenser coil that is outside, high winds play a very big role in how quickly it collects these particles. As these particles collects, it reduces the coils ability to do their jobs. It is vital for you to keep the coils as clean as possible to make sure they are getting a proper amount of air flow.
The Coil Fins
When high winds flow through the coil fins, it can cause them to bend which can prevent air from flowing properly through the coils. This will also reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. Fortunately, a fin comb can be used to straighten the fins back out. If you live somewhere with high winds, you should have a fin comb handy. You should also consider having an air conditioning expert show you how to use it properly so you do not break the coil fins.
Naturally, it is important for you to have an expert come out and take a look at your air conditioner at least once or twice a year regardless of how much time and effort you put into caring for it. They may notice a problem you did not even know to look for. To learn more, contact a company like Southwest Air Conditioning Service Inc. with any questions you have.