Consequences of Dirty Air Filters

Air Conditioning UnitAir conditioners can serve your family in two ways: add comfort or make them sick. It just depends on how you maintain it. One of the most forgettable but easiest ways of keeping our A/C units in tip top shape is to replace the air filter. But it’s so easy to forget something as mundane as this.

But it won’t be so easy to ignore anymore if we realize how dirty air filters impact our family’s health. Since air filters are meant to trap particles so that the A/C unit will release clean air, air filters accumulate dust and other dirt over time. Dirty filters release dirty air.

3 Major Consequences of Having Dirty Air Conditioner Filters

1. Your family gets exposed to allergens and other particles. Contaminated air may contain dust, pollen, mold spores, and other volatile organic compounds that are proven to cause respiratory irritations and even aggravate existing respiratory conditions. If your family members are often sneezing or having a runny nose and watery eyes out of nowhere, look into the air filter of your air conditioner.

2. Inefficient air cooling/heating. Clogged air filters result in reduced air flow in A/C units since blower fans would have to work harder to push the air through the filter. So even though you set the A/C to high cooling, you will notice that the temperature falls just short of what you’re expecting. It may also take longer for the entire room or house to cool or heat. What’s more is that this inefficiency forces the unit to use more energy, even up to 5-15% increase, and we both know what that means for your monthly electricity bill!

3. Broken cooling and heating system. Failure to clean air filters will also eventually damage your central air conditioning and heating system. It may cause it to overheat too quickly and shut down on its own before the ideal temperature is reached. Worse, over time, the A/C unit may not work at all anymore and you’d have to buy a new one. The repair fees you’d have to fork out, which can easily exceed $200, could have been saved by cleaning the air filter regularly.

Air conditioning filtersHow can you keep your air filter clean?

By now it’s clear to us that air filters should be regularly cleaned. It’s pretty easy to keep clean. You just need to do the following:

  • Change your air filter every few months. This depends on the size and type of filters. Basically, 1” to 3” filters should be changed every 1 or 2 months. If you want to be sure, ask air filter providers when air filters should be replaced.
  • You can also clean them provided there are no rips or cracks. First, you need to remove the dirt either by vacuum or a rug, then you need to sanitize and dry it.

Keeping these things in mind, including the task of changing the air conditioner filters at your home in your schedule seems worth it. Do it to save yourself the trouble and keep your family comfortable and healthy.

4 Hacks To Prolonging the Life of Your Kitchen Range Hood

Cleaning your range hoodKitchen hoods are perfect for homeowners who love cooking at home and experimenting with different cuisines. It keeps your home smell fresh and clean after hours of cooking. It makes our cooking lives easier, so it deserves to be well cared for.

High-quality range hoods are durable, but they still need regular checkups and maintenance to keep them efficient in doing their job. Here are four easy ways you can keep your range hood in good shape:

Stay Sensitive to How Your Vent Hood Is Performing

As with any equipment, your vent hood is bound to work less and less efficiently through time. The key to keeping it healthy though is to keep your eyes peeled for telltale signs of decreasing performance. Is the smoke clearing from your kitchen as fast as it should do according to your settings? If not, the duct may be clogged with grease.

Other signs you want to watch out for is humming or overly loud motor. This is commonly an indication that the motor needs replacement or it’s rubbing against something that shouldn’t be there. You should also take note of lights, buttons, or other functions that fail to work as they used to.

Clean the Air Filter

Range hood air filters trap particulates particularly grease before releasing the air outside of your house. There are two common kinds of air filters: charcoal and metal filter. Between these two, metal mesh filters are easier to clean and maintain.

You just have to remove it and soak it in a degreasing solution for some time. A good degreasing solution is a mix of hot water, baking soda, and dish soap. Once all the grease is removed, scrub it with a non-abrasive brush and wash it with warm water and soap. Before putting it back in the range hood, make sure it’s completely dry.

Over time, you might see signs of wear and tear on your air filter. You need to replace this filter since the physical damage may be affecting their effectiveness in filtering the air.

Kitchen Range HoodsClean the Vent Itself

You need to regularly clean the exterior and interior parts of the vent hood since range hoods can get greasy all over after a few months. Wipe it with with a cloth soaked in a degreasing solution or spray the degreasing solution on it and wipe it dry. But remember to make sure that the range hood is turned off, your stove is not turned on, and don’t wipe or spray electrical components such as the light bulb.

 

Have Professionals Look at It

If the vent hood has problems that you can’t seem to fix on your own, the most prudent thing to do is to contact professionals who can inspect and repair the hood. Don’t wait too long or ignore the problem before you ask for help since this may lead to permanent damage. In this case, you might need to buy a new range hood.

The key to keeping your range hood efficient is regular checkup and maintenance. With these four tips, you can enjoy your range hoods for years to come.