Why the Beach Is Bad For Your AC

Why the Beach Is Bad For Your AC

Ah, the Florida beaches…the ocean, the sand, the sun…the corrosion?! While having a home near the ocean is obviously amazing, the salty air you love could actually be damaging your air conditioning system!

The Sea & Your AC

Did you know that salt corrosion can decrease the life of an air conditioning unit to as little as three years? That is a hard pill to swallow considering the average system should last at least 10 years. Unfortunately for beach dwellers, your oceanfront home may be wreaking havoc on your HVAC system. Similar to how the ocean erodes the coastline over time, the salty air does the same thing to your air conditioning system. Salt is a huge problem for AC units because it has the tendency to attract moisture and hold onto it. The salt, plus the added moisture, causes damage to your coils and can eventually cause them to disintegrate.

What You Can Do To Protect Your AC

Fortunately for those who live near the Florida shores, there are some things you can do to protect your air conditioning unit from the salty air.

  • Change the filter: Frequently changing the filter can help to prevent salt corrosion and buildup of salt moisture.
  • Remove obstructions: Many things can obstruct your AC unit and can contribute to salt corrosion and buildup of salt moisture, among other issues. Make sure you remove any weeds, leaves or other debris from around the system to protect against corrosion.
  • Clean the coils: Your coils are the most susceptible to salt damage. One way to combat this issue is to clean the coils regularly by rinsing them lightly with a hose. Simply hose down the coils as well as the fan blades every other day or so and your system will be protected.
  • Preventative maintenance: One of the best ways to ensure your system is functioning efficiently is to schedule a routine maintenance checkup with a Climate Design technician.

At Climate Design, we want to keep your beach home’s air conditioning system running efficiently for years to come. The best way to ensure your system is not falling victim to salt corrosion is with a maintenance checkup and some preventative care from Climate Design. To learn how Climate Design can help protect your HVAC system, contact us today.