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Why Is It Important To Clean Your Air Conditioner Filter?

Author Rod Marchant-Smith | Peninsula Air Conditioning

Cleaning a Daikin aircon filter isn’t an instruction from the company that you can simply ignore. There are serious repercussions to your health and the health of the air conditioner if you don’t clean or replace the filter at its scheduled time. The biggest reasons to clean the air filter are:

Clean Air Inside

The air conditioner sucks in air from outside the house, as well as recirculating air inside the house, and there’s going to be a lot of particulate matter that enters the dwelling if you don’t have a clean air filter. Some of these particulates can be dust, mold spores, hair (both from pets and people), dander, pollen, and other debris that is carried by the wind and deposited in your AC unit.

These are all things that you don’t want to be breathing, and they’re things that you don’t want settling on the surfaces of your home. You could have reactions to these particles, even if you don’t think you’re allergic. They can affect your breathing and your respiratory system.

Your House Stays Clean

All of these particulates that are coming into your home through the HVAC system are going to settle somewhere. If your air conditioning unit is bringing in sand and dust, then it’s going to land and accumulate on every surface, requiring you to clean more often–wiping down surfaces, dusting, and using the vacuum cleaner. 

Your Air Conditioner Will Run More Efficiently

The more your air filters are clogged up with particulates (and even sometimes larger debris like leaves) then the harder your aircon will have to work to churn out the cool air. It will run longer hours in an attempt to get the same temperature that a clean aircon unit could get in less time. And that means that your electricity bill is going to be higher, and your air conditioner is also not going to last as long.

So there are some real benefits to regular cleanings of your aircon filters. 

How Do You Clean Your Daikin Air Filters?

Cleaning the filter on a Daikin aircon is really not hard at all. It’s just a few simple steps. If you have any questions, you can consult the instruction manual that came with the aircon unit, or you can contact Peninsula Air Conditioning. This is the same method for how to clean a ducted aircon filter. 

  1. First, you need to remove the front panel, or fascia, from the air conditioning unit. The filters should be immediately inside the front panel.
  2. Each model of Daikin is different, but all of the methods of removing the filters are about the same. There may be some tabs to press, but it should just pull out easily. 
  3. Once you’ve removed the filter, use a vacuum cleaner to suck out all the particulates from the filter. If you do this regularly, your filter may be a little grainy and discolored. If you don’t change the filters regularly then it could be quite dark with dirt.
  4. If the filter is quite dirty, soak the filter in warm water with a natural detergent. You shouldn’t scrub the filter, as they are relatively delicate, but rubbing it gently with a wet cloth will help remove the particulates.
  5. Take the filter outside and let it dry completely. It’s best to do this in a shaded area, not in direct sunlight. 

How Often Should You Clean the Aircon Filter?

Daikin recommends that you clean the filter every two weeks. There are some models of Daikin air conditioners that are self-cleaning. For those, consult the instruction manual that came with the unit. 

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