Arizona Dust Storms and Your Air Conditioning Unit

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Our area of Arizona is a land of breathtaking desert views, but sometimes with that comes very strong winds and dirty storms. Not only does it affect driving (BE SAFE OUT THERE!!!), it can really affect the airflow coming from your HVAC system.

One question we always get at Alaskan Air Conditioning, is “what are these storms doing to my outdoor condensing unit?” The good news is that your air conditioning unit isn’t usually bothered too much, considering the fact that it is built to function in the outdoors where extreme temperatures, dust storms, and gusty winds hit hardest. Tightly sealed systems have very little risk of debris making its way inside the system. The bad news: your air filter is going to fill up more quickly with dirt and dust, and this WILL affect your A/C system.

While your outdoor air conditioning unit can handle our strong dust storms and monsoons, it is advisable to always do these things as regularly scheduled:

  1. Change the air filters once a month

Arizona dust storms can easily plug air filters to the point there’s no space left for air to flow. Without that airflow, your cooling system won’t cool properly. And, if it does provide the temperature of cooling called for, it will have to work very hard through dirty filters to do so. This can potentially cause your system to have problems. You’ll also probably notice much more dust than normal if air filters are getting full. Change the air filter regularly to minimize dust in your home.

  1. Maintain the outside A/C unit once a year

Though the outdoor unit is tightly closed and can handle a dust storm, you’ll keep it running at optimal capacity—and highest efficiency–if you schedule your preventive maintenance check ups. Air conditioners need yearly maintenance, usually scheduled in the spring, to keep it running at high efficiency…and for many years to come.

Taking great care of the air conditioner and changing the filters regularly will prolong the life of your A/C and ensure it continues to run cooler, cleaner, and most efficiently…especially in Arizona’s gusty, dirty, stormy weather. .

Contact Alaskan Air Conditioning and Heating today and let us help you maintain cool comfort in your home for many years to come.