Is Your Air Cleaner Due for Spring Cleaning?04.04.13Spring is in the air here in south Florida, and that means time for spring cleaning! Though our spring weather slides quickly into summer heat, remember that with the warmer weather comes more allergens in the air. Making sure to include your air cleaner in your spring cleaning to-do list is an important and easy way to keep your family breathing easy.

How do I clean the collector plate and pre-filter?

Cleaning the filters in your unit can be easily accomplished. First make sure the power to the unit is turned off. Once you have the power turned off, remove the collector plate and pre-filter. If you see particles on these, it’s time to clean them. You can clean them in the dishwasher following manufacturer instructions. You can also clean them in a bathtub with hot water and dishwasher detergent, or carefully spray them down with a garden hose and use household detergent if needed. It’s important to use a soap that’s safe to use on aluminum and not any coil or contact cleaners. Be sure to let the filter and collector plate completely air dry before reinstalling them in your unit.

How often should I clean it and why is it important?

The collector plates of your electronic air cleaner should be cleaned every three months. Keeping the plates clean allows your central air fan to run more efficiently, thereby saving you money and not putting unnecessary strain on your air fan motor.  Dirty collector plates also work less effectively, allowing more particles and allergens through. This can cause discomfort for people who suffer from asthma, emphysema, COPD or allergies. Properly maintaining your air cleaner will also help ensure that it continues to work well in the future.

For more information on electronic air cleaners and other home comfort needs, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. We’ve been keeping it cool in Eastern Palm Beach, Northern Broward and Southern Martin counties since 1979.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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