By: Jessica Bright, Marketing Manager
For multifamily, in-unit air conditioning continues to be a top amenity for prospective and existing residents. According to RentPrep.com, Air Conditioning is still the number two amenity, second only to in-unit laundry.
As we start to come into the Spring season, it is the perfect time to make sure your units are ready for the warmer months to come. RepairClinic.com, a DIY resource, has provided some simple tips to clean your window or through-the-wall air conditioner units. When these tips are done regularly, it helps your units to work at their peak. If AC’s are working at their best, it should save you on energy bills as well as unexpected repair or replacement costs, according to ApartmentTherapy.com.
1. Checking for insect/animal nests
This is especially important if the air conditioner was left uncovered in the window or wall over the winter. If this is an issue, it can be avoided in the future by storing the unit in a protected area for the following year.
2. Clean the air filter
Most models allow for the air filter to be easily accessed
by removing the front panel. Gently remove the filter and
clean with warm water and dish soap. Let the filter air
dry before placing it back in the unit. Those with pets or
allergies, it is recommended to clean it more frequently.
3. Clean the condenser coils
Over time, dust and dirt can build up, causing the air
conditioner to work harder to remove heat, consuming
more energy. Before the start of the cooling season,
cleaning the coils can be done by removing the air
conditioner cabinet and blowing compressed air at
4. Clean the water pan
To prevent the growth of mold and musty odor in the air,
warm water and dish detergent can be used to clean
the pan at the base of the unit. Usually once or twice a
cooling season is good.