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Solar Energy, Soil Improvement and Environmental Protection

Hello! My name is Erin and this is my new energy and environmental care blog. I am a big believer in the responsibility of man to care for the environment. For too long, human beings have brought decay and destruction to the natural world. When I finally moved out of my parent's house last year, the first thing I wanted to do was to make sure my new home was an environmentally friendly as it could be. I called in a contractor who helped me to assess the quality of the soil, to install solar panels and to carry out an energy assessment rating on the property. Since then, my bills have fallen and my carbon footprint has shrunken in size. I learnt a lot during this process which I would like to share here.


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Dead Air: How Dust Can Ruin Your Air Con System

by Maurice Ruiz

It's easy to lose track of things like boiler and air conditioning maintenance.  Though it's recommended that you have them inspected at least once a year, the hustle and bustle of your life can often disguise how long it has been since you last hired a professional to take a look.  But how much of an impact does this actually have on your system?  Well - as it turns out, quite a big one.  Though you may clean your own filters manually as part of your housekeeping routine, you can never eliminate all the dust from your system like this.  If it continues to build up over time, it can create a serious problem for your system and its efficiency.


So - why does dust make your system less efficient?  Essentially, it forms a physical barrier between the air and the coils in your system - both on the interior and exterior parts.  This makes it harder for the coils to transfer or receive heat.  In effect, your system has to work twice as hard to process the air through that unexpected layer.

Energy Bill Hikes

That increased workload means that your system will be using more energy than it normally should.  As such, you'll see an increase in your energy bills over time.  However, this is not a one-way street; it is reparable.  Having your system properly cleaned and maintained will allow it to work at full capacity, and will reduce your bills again.

System Health

Your air conditioner is not designed to work through that layer of dust and can run into serious problems when it tries.  Again, because it's forced to work harder than it needs to in order to condition your air, the coils can actually damage themselves.  The evaporator coil - the part of the system that is inside your home - can start to be covered in ice, because it is unable to heat up enough to prevent that from happening.  Beyond that, the system's parts will be moving faster and for greater periods of time than usual, which increases the chance that they'll break down.

Air Quality

That dust doesn't just stay put.  It can be drawn through the system - and through your home.  Especially if anybody in your house has a dust allergy, this may be a serious health concern.  Even if not, however, it's far preferable to keep your air fresh and clean.

In essence, the problems that debris buildup can cause simply aren't worth the risk.  Make it an annual date on your calendar to book in air conditioning maintenance and you'll ensure your system never has to struggle through the dust.