was thinking about this just the other day, because itís
been warm enough recently in Philadelphia to turn on the
itís only May, not August.
of this, I naturally was thinking about maintaining the
indoor evaporator coil attached to my furnace. But what
about the outdoor air compressor/condenser that can
attract construction dust, dryer lint, bugs, seeds,
leaves or grass clippings, which then get pulled into
the air intake.
Corp. says U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research
shows that just 0.042 of an inch of dirt on an
air-conditioning coil can reduce its efficiency by 21
reduced efficiency is costly. A clean air-conditioning
unit costs an average of $518 a year, says Permatron.
the unit is 40 percent clogged, the costs can increase
to an average of $725.
can keep the compressor clean with an inexpensive
wraparound air filter, which can be simply trimmed to
the size of the air conditioner for a neat, attractive
the filter on a clean compressor; remove monthly and
rinse with water to clean.
Permatron makes one of these filters. Iím not
recommending the product, but if you want to research
it, start at .
first: May is National Electrical Safety Month, so
Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is
spearheading its annual effort to raise awareness about
potential home electrical hazards and the importance of
yearís campaign features the launch of the second
edition of its National Electrical Safety Month
publication, "Electrical Safety Illustrated."
issue is titled "That Old House, This New
Update" and tells readers about the common hazards
posed by Americaís aging housing stock and a variety
of updates that can improve any homeís functionality,
efficiency and safety.
resources will be available for free on ESFIís newly
redeveloped website, which boasts a cleaner interface to
allow for a more user-friendly experience.