There is no denying to the fact that air-conditioning makes life easier. Nevertheless, those who live in warm areas know that it can also increase the risk of mold allergies. The leftover moisture inside the units often provide a favorable space for mold growth and if such units are used without cleaning, the mold spores can trigger health issues in the sensitive people.
So, before starting using your air-conditioning unit this summer, why don’t you take out an hour to clean it and make sure there is no mold growth inside it? Here is a simple DIY guide on how to clean your air-conditioners:
- As a first step, take your air-conditioning unit to an open, outdoor space, so that the mold spores do not spread in the house.
- Then open the unit, take out the air filter and clean every possible bit of lint, using a stiff brush. If your air filter is washable, you can also cleanse with warm soap water.
- Now use cotton swabs to thoroughly clean all parts of the unit, including fan blades, small corners and crannies. Remember that the smallest nooks are often the most favorable places for mold growth, so you need to pay extra attention there. You may also use air-conditioner cleaning fluids, which are commonly available at the hardware stores.
- The metal fins, which cool the indoor area and disperses the hot air in the outdoors, also need extensive cleaning. This can be done using stiff brush, however, make sure you clean both sides of the fins.
- Lastly, some units have a removable pan at the bottom. In such cases, remove the pan and carefully clean it as well.