CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) - The humidity has been oppressive for days and 22News meteorologists are forecasting several more humid days ahead. 22News explains ways to keep your A/C running at its best through these hot summer days and nights.
East Longmeadow's Rocky's Hardware manager, Eddie Ramos, told 22News that many window units have easy to remove filters. He said rinse them under water to clean off dust every so often to keep the A/C blowing clean air.
Installing your air conditioning window unit level will keep any water from leaking out the front or the back, and keep it working at its best, but proper installation is also a matter of safety, according to Ramos.
"These draw a lot of power so they should be on dedicated circuits, you shouldn't have these plugged into extension cords. If you do have to, if there isn't a plug near the window there are heavy appliance extension cords that you can use specifically for these," Ramos said.
Keeping a clean air filter is also important for your car air conditioner. Pollutants from outside air are trapped by the filter, Paul Sowa from Balise Lexus told 22News.
"What it is, is this actually traps pollen, in the springtime there is a lot of pollen in the air and with the A/C running on high speed to cool you off inside the car there's more air passing through, there's more debris getting caught," Sowa said.
He said dirty filters restrict airflow and cause the A/C to blow dirty air into the car and into the air you breathe. He also said the A/C in your car should only need to be recharged if there is a problem with how it's working.