When should an air conditioner be cleaned and disinfected?
Air conditioning equipment can become home to various bacteria and fungi, so A/C units should be both cleaned and disinfected at least once a year. Units also used for heating should be checked at every change of season, that is, in spring and autumn. If a home is located near a busy road, where the air is more polluted, or if the owners keep pets or smoke inside, the air conditioners should be cleaned much more frequently, as more intense use leads to faster dirt buildup and increases the likelihood of pathogen growth.
What needs to be cleaned and disinfected in an air conditioner?
The so-called split air conditioners most often used in households consist of one or more indoor units and an outdoor unit. It is the indoor unit that directly provides cool air for the home. In the indoor unit, the filters, airflow blade(s), heat exchangers, drip tray and fan need to be cleaned and disinfected.
We believe in mechanical cleaning – it is not enough to simply spray some kind of chemical on the heat exchanger or treat it with ozone. The most important thing is to remove the dirt deposited on the fan – this can be done by cleaning the fan mechanically or washing it in water.
This is the only way to make sure that the air emitted by the A/C is indeed clean and healthy!