Weekend heat wave: Is your air conditioner up to the task?

Published: May. 21, 2020 at 5:16 PM EDT
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With weekend temperatures forecast in the 80s, a lot of people will be turning their air conditioning on for the first time this season. Whether that A/C kicks on without an issue is another story.

Victor Hill, a service technician with Blue Flame Heating and Air Conditioning in Toledo, says once the temperatures soar their business gets “crazy busy."

At the very least, Hill recommends getting a cleaning and function check to make sure your air conditioner is working efficiently.

“We get in and clean the electrical contacts. Check our capacitors, your voltage, make sure everything's running,” says Hill.

Most important is making sure you have a good clean filter. If you’re concerned about the COVID-19 virus transmission through air conditioning systems, a good filter is a good way to lock in assurances of safety.

COVID-19 is believed to be passed by droplets, not by airborne transmission. So most experts, like Dr. Brian Kaminski from ProMedica, are telling us to use a high-quality filter.

“These are the ones that you see the HEPA label on them. They just filter out a larger degree of particles in the air and these droplets are considered particles," Kaminski said. "So any virus-containing droplets in most cases will be filtered out by one of these filters that we place in our central air units."

Most homes and buildings and most commercial outlets in the United States have central air conditioning units. And Dr. Kaminski says just that mechanism alone allows for dilution.

“Central air conditioning has separate intake and output areas. So the intake for the air conditioning is in most cases located in a completely separated area from the out-put venting from the air conditioning unit," he said.