Maintaining An Air Conditioner Unit In A Tropical Climate

Updated: December 1, 2019

The 2017 World A/C demand was estimated to reach 110.56 million units in 2017, which showed an 8.1% increase over the previous year.

The second-largest market for air conditioning units in the world was Asia, whose demand reached 17.30 million units.

This isn’t that astounding considering that the coldest month in places such as the Philippines still only average temperatures at around 26 degrees Celsius.

There are many benefits to living in the Philippines, from affordable, quality property and even certain tax benefits.

However, living in such a hot, humid climate can present difficulties in managing your air conditioning unit. With proper care and maintenance, you can learn how to ensure it’s functioning properly and efficiently all year-round.

Picking the right type of aircon

When constructing a home in the Philippines, the cooling system should be designed and constructed to maintain proper moisture conditions in the building, preventing extensive mold growth on your walls and even furniture as well as inside the wall cavities of the structure of your home.

To do this, you’ll want to choose an HVAC system that properly conditions the home’s interior while also pressurizing the space with dehumidified air.

This is commonly referred to as exfiltration, and certain systems will provide you with better exfiltration abilities than others. When browsing for a new aircon system, you can ask about how to best prevent moisture and mold problems that are common in humid climates.

Properly dehumidifying air flow

As part of living in a humid environment, you’ll definitely want to prepare your cooling system to not only withstand hot summers, but to fully dehumidify the air flow.

To do this, you’ll need to ensure that the cooling coils are properly sized to be able to handle both the sensible load and latent load of both outside air and return air.

This is because the air must be cooled to a point at which the moisture condenses, and this process is called latent energy removal.

In incorporating a cooling unit into your home, or before purchasing one, ensure that it has the ability to do this, as it will make hot summers and humid months in the Philippines much more bearable and safer for your home as a whole.

Suggested maintenance for your A/C unit

Regardless of the climate you live in or the time of year, dust, dirt, and mold can build up within the interior blower and exterior compressor of any air conditioning unit.

It’s suggested to have it serviced and cleaned once every two to three months by a professional maintenance company. And that they clean it thoroughly to ensure they’re maintaining the quality of the indoor filters, blower, water drain, and even the outdoor cover and fan blades.

Regular service and maintenance will ensure that you prevent any issues with mold or mildew and that your unit will continue to work for a longer period of time without experiencing issues.

This article is written by Jackie Davids, a family finance and money saving specialist, who writes articles that will hopefully offer help and advice to people who want to know how to live better and save cash.

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  1. My husband and I are starting to plan out our spring timetable schedule so the summertime can be a little easier on us since we live in Florida where the summers can get especially hot and humid. I liked the tips that you mentioned on proper airconditioning maintenance, and I didn’t know that it was supposed to be serviced every two to three months so I wanted to thank you for the information in this article. I think we might schedule an appointment with a local maintenance provider so we can have our units checked.

  2. This is a great resource for anyone moving to the Philippines or looking to improve their home’s air conditioning efficiency! The article dives into the specific challenges of keeping cool in a hot, humid climate, and offers solutions that go beyond just buying a powerful AC unit. I especially appreciate the focus on dehumidification – most people don’t realize how important it is for comfort and preventing mold growth. This article will help you pick the right system and maintain it properly, ensuring a cool, healthy home for years to come.

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