Make Portable Air Conditioners Efficient and Remove Algae From an Air Conditioner
The ability to be moved from room to room is one of the benefits of a portable air conditioner. It allows you to cool off the room you are in without the expense of cooling off the whole house. Follow a few steps such as correct placement of the unit, cleaning, proper installation of a vent, along with environment control and your unit will run efficiently.
How to Make Portable Air Conditioners Efficient
Make your air conditioning unit work efficiently with correct placement. Portable units have the cooling capacity to do small areas. The efficiency of their cooling capabilities are tasked if used to cool too big of an area.
Put the unit in an area no bigger than the suggested square footage for the BTUs stated in the manufacturers directions. Shut off all outside air sources such as doors and windows. The air conditioning unit takes the humidity out of the air which in turn allows the air to cool efficiently.
Keep the area the unit is in free from any source of humidity to maintain the cool air. Place the unit at table top level to bring the cool air higher up in the room, which increases the cooling efficiency. Cool air sinks to ground level leaving the upper part of the room warmer.
If the unit needs to stay on the floor, use a small fan to direct the cool air up towards the ceiling. Clean the units air filter, which works as your units biggest factor towards efficiency. The filter is found in front of the air intake vents.
Remove the cover and slide the filter out of its housing Run the filter under warm water in the sink to flush away the dust and particles that it has collected. Let it air dry completely and then put it back in the air conditioner. Do this at least once a month, more if you have a pet that sheds.
Vent your air conditioner correctly to make your unit run more efficient. The unit needs to expel the hot air it has taken in from the room. With out the proper venting, the hot air stays in the room and the unit is useless for cooling.
Vent the exhaust hose out the window and make sure the opening of the hose is not obstructed by bushes or vegetation. Check the hose for any crimps or bends, which will stop the air flow. Check the hose periodically for these complications to keep your portable air conditioning unit running efficiently.
How to Remove Algae From an Air Conditioner
Due to the constant moisture produced by the condensation, algae can form clogs in an air conditioners drain pipe, blocking it. This causes water to back up and overflow inside the house, resulting in water damage to walls, furniture and floors. Fortunately, algae problems are a quick fix, with the right tools.
Locate the outside drain line near the air-conditioner unit. Remove the paper filter from a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, as the algae may ruin it. The filter is typically located in the top of the device, just below the hose connection.
Read the manual for your vacuum model if you are unsure how to open the vacuum housing. Place the vacuum cleaner directly beside the drain line. Plug the vacuum cleaner into an electrical outlet, using a heavy-duty extension cord if necessary.
Hold the vacuum cleaner hose against the opening of the drain line. Wrap a towel tightly around the connecting point to create a seal. Turn on the vacuum.
Let it run for five seconds to suck out the algae.
Air-conditioning units, found in homes both old and new, may seem like maintenance-free appliances. This erroneous mindset can result in damage to a home that a simple maintenance procedure could have prevented. Air conditioners create condensation that generally passes through a drain pipe that empties outside.