No matter what environment your air conditioning unit is located in, if you begin to notice that it is not working as efficiently as it used to, has a foul or stale odour, has mould visible and the air conditioning unit has a dirty appearance - then your split system air conditioning unit should undergo maintenance and is in need of some air conditioning cleaning.
Poor indoor air quality can result in coughing, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, chest tightness, headaches, and dry and itchy eyes. It may also trigger an asthma attack. On the other hand, long-term exposure to bad air can lead to chronic asthma and bronchitis, and even worsen the condition of patients with emphysema and heart disease.
Mould reproduces through mould spores and when your air conditioning unit is at rest, it’s the perfect environment for these mould spores to grow on. Once they have become at home in your air conditioner, a mould spore will reproduce. Further spores will be released and become airborne. You may smell this as a mouldy smell when you first turn your air conditioning unit on. They’ll spread throughout your home, landing on everything they come in contact with including food, toys, clothes and yourself. And from there you can eat them and breathe them in. If you have an allergic sensitivity to mould, its presence in your air conditioner is likely to trigger a significant reaction. Likewise, if you have asthma or any other respiratory illness, mould is a risk factor that can put you in hospital.
The real problems lay in the areas that you cannot reach; the indoor coil, fan barrel, drain pan and pipes are all moist environments which mould, fungus and bacteria thrive in. The best way to ensure that your home is protected is to have the mould, fungus and bacteria removed through air conditioning cleaning. An air conditioner contaminated with unacceptable levels of mould & bacteria can suppress your immune system, cause cold & flu-like symptoms, skin irritations, hay fever & trigger asthma attacks. If you want to provide your family with comfort controlled air that is also healthy then there is a solution.
Air conditioning cleaning typically involves spraying the unit with a cleaner and then to wash it off with water; or run the unit and let the condensation eventually wash the cleaner off. If the unit is particularly dirty than removing covers may be necessary and even removing the fan barrel may be needed. This is time consuming, not always cost effective and can still leave parts dirty.
At Coastal Commercial and Residential Air Conditioning we offer a more professional service. Our premium air conditioning cleaning service involves stripping the unit down, covering it with a special bag, applying a biodegradable, non-toxic solution and then hose it off with hot high pressure jets of water. This removes any debris, dirt and gunk build up in the coils, filters, fan barrel and drain pan and pipes. It also removes any mould build up. The unit looks and smells like new once cleaned and you will be amazed at the colour of the dirty water when the job is complete.