Most people dream of living by the ocean. While the sound of waves crashing nearby might soothe you after a hard day, the salty air could be damaging your HVAC system.
Over time, everything experiences natural wear and tear. If you live near the ocean, erosion is going to accelerate this process. HVAC systems are especially prone to damage because they are installed outside. It is for this reason that beach homeowners are always looking for ways to maximize their investment and keep their HVAC system running efficiently.
Corrosion can occur both outside and inside of an HVAC system. Corrosion can quickly lead to costly repairs and replacements. Getting the most out of your HVAC can be difficult when the elements are working against you.
While aluminum oxide is meant to protect your HVAC unit, a dangerous chemical reaction occurs when salt comes in contact with it. This reaction causes the aluminum to break down and the air conditioner to corrode. Once the condenser coils are exposed, the HVAC system will not perform as it should. This results in a significant loss of comfort and much higher energy costs.
Protecting Your HVAC System
Fortunately, there are some things that every beach homeowner can do to protect their HVAC system.
- Hose down the system every day
Spraying water on your HVAC system every day can help remove salt that has accumulated.
- Purchase a quality HVAC system
Many systems simply cannot tolerate ocean air. There are systems available that are specially designed to withstand the elements.
- Apply an anti-corrosion coat to condenser coils
Special anti-corrosion coats can add a protective layer between your HVAC system’s condenser coils and the elements. Be sure to choose a good quality protectant that is water-based and non-flammable.
- Consult with an HVAC system specialist
Air Handlers OBX understands how the ocean air can damage your HVAC system. Call us today to find out what we can do to help protect your system.
Air Handlers OBX specializes in HVAC installation, service and repair in Outer Banks, NC. For more information about how to protect your investment, please contact us today.