The official monsoon season started in Arizona on June 15th and lasts through September. Often, along with rain, comes a dust storm; the worst of which is referred to as a haboob. In addition to causingallergies that drain your health, these storms can take a drain on your air conditioning unit.
How does a dust storm affect my air conditioning?
Much like our bodies, an air conditioner runs slower when there is dust and debris in the air. When the air is heavier, we get more tired doing our everyday tasks. We feel sluggish and need to exert more to accomplish the same activity. It’s the same for your air conditioning.
A typical monsoon storm begins with heavy winds, bringing dust across the Valley and into your home. Dirt enters the air conditioning unit, making the coil dirty, which reduces the unit’s performance. That means the unit is working harder and using more electricity to bring your home to the desired cool temperature. As a result, you will have a higher utility bill or may need additional maintenance to keep the unit clear of dust and debris.
How can I keep my air conditioning unit healthy during a dust storm?
Improving indoor air quality isn’t just for monsoon; it needs to happen throughout the year. At John’s Refrigeration we can:
- Identify areas of the HVAC system where there are leaks that are allowing dust, pollen, and other contaminants into the home.
- Install an electrostatic air filter that attracts and holds airborne particles so they do not enter your home or your lungs.
- Clear the air conditioning unit of debris to help it work more efficiently.
The team at John’s Refrigeration is dedicated to helping families feel comfortable in their homes, during dust storm season and throughout the year. Call us today to learn how we can help keep your air conditioning running efficiently.