A/C Performance — Don’t Let Dust And Grime Drag Down Cooling Efficiency

Dust, as any homeowner around Birmingham, Royal Oak, and Berkley knows, gets everywhere. It finds its way into the smallest nooks and crannies, creating an unsightly nuisance that can reduce indoor air quality and even cause respiratory problems. Your air conditioner doesn’t like dust any more than you do. Dust gets into even the smallest spaces in the equipment and impedes A/C performance.

One way dust reduces A/C performance is by obstructing airflow. Your system was designed to handle airflow at a specific velocity and volume. If too much dust is coating the evaporator and condenser coils, the air can’t move at the rate the system was designed for. Dust affects the ability of refrigerant to remove heat and moisture from the air. It can also easily clog the small, tight gaps between coil fins, almost blocking airflow altogether.

When dust accumulates on equipment, it acts in an abrasive manner, which decreases A/C performance and leads to premature breakdowns. Parts which were designed to move smoothly together wind up grinding against one another, increasing wear and tear. You may find yourself needing new parts–or a whole new system–when a little preventive maintenance could have removed the dust and added years to the equipment’s lifespan.

Some common ways dust gets in the way of efficient A/C performance are by:

  • Building up to a thick, grimy layer between coil fins, blocking airflow. If left unattended, this tightly packed grime can cause ice to develop within certain air conditioner components which can lead to serious repairs.
  • Accumulating on the evaporator coil which prevents maximum heat and moisture removal.
  • Coating the fan in the blower and weighing it down which can reduce overall air flow through duct-work and can cause premature blower motor failure.
  • Clogging the air filter, so only a small volume of air can pass through the filter at a slow rate.
  • Building up on voltage connections and other elements which impedes electrical function.

The best way to deal with the dust that settles all through your system is with professional cleaning and maintenance. Call Aladdin Heating & Cooling, and we’ll ensure you get the efficient A/C performance you deserve. We’ll be happy to help!

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioner performance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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