March 9, 2021
AC Efficiency in Fort Myers, FL

A clean air conditioner filter is key to keeping your cooling costs down and helping your AC system last a long time. If you have a replaceable filter, swap it out every few months. If it’s the washable type, there are a few steps involved in getting it clean.

Remove the Filter

First, turn off the electricity to your AC system. You will either slide the filter out or pop it out depending on your AC system. Some filters require you to loosen a few screws before they’ll come out.


Place the filter in an open area and vacuum the dust and dirt out of it. This will often get it clean enough to put it back in place. If you want to deep clean the air conditioner filter, there are a few more steps to follow.

Detergent Water

Fill a container with water and add some detergent. Put the filter in the container, and then let it soak for 15 minutes. If the air conditioner filter is large, you can spray it with a hose instead. Spray both sides to get rid of all the dirt.


Vinegar will disinfect the filter and clean it. Mix water and vinegar 50/50 in a spray bottle. Spray the entire filter to remove any bacteria that may be growing on it. Bacteria colonies are often invisible to the naked eye and can cause health issues.

Dry the Filter

The air conditioner filter needs to be completely dry before you put it back in place. Place it upright on some newspapers so that it doesn’t get dirty by touching the ground. Once it’s dry, put it back in place and restore electricity to your AC system.

Gulf Shore Cooling, LLC in Fort Myers, FL, will clean your air conditioner filter as part of our annual maintenance service. We also install and repair AC systems and offer all the same services for heaters as well. Our other services include duct maintenance and repair, indoor air quality solutions, blown-in insulation, and home automation services. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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