AC User Tip: Change Your Filter Regularly

Clean-Air-FilterOkay, your air conditioner is up and running. But is it up and running as well as possible? If you are not diligent in scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance service, then the answer is definitely no. Simply put, you simply must have your air conditioner in Hendersonville tuned up professionally on an annual basis. This is the only way in which you can count on your system being there for you when you need it most.

Unfortunately, there is one issue that yearly maintenance won’t address fully. That is keeping a fresh filter in your air conditioner. Why? Because while your filter typically will be changed during your tune-up, it needs to be changed more than once a year! Now, we know what you might be thinking: But the air quality in my home seems fine. That may be true, but consider this—that air filter is not intended to boost indoor air quality throughout your home. Read on to learn more.

The Air Filter Protects the System Itself!

If you use a forced air home comfort system, such as a central AC, then your air filter is used to protect that system and its overall performance quality. Your air conditioner doesn’t bring fresh air into your home, remember. It removes heat from the air in your living space and then redistributes that conditioned air throughout your home. That air is not necessarily going to be incredibly clean. In fact, we can pretty much guarantee that it won’t be.

Any number of factors, from general cleaning habits to kids and pets in the house can affect overall air quality. As air cycles through your HVAC system, the filter in that system will filter out many pollutants caught up in that air. When the filter gets too dirty, however, its overall performance will be negatively affected.

Problems Caused By Dirty Filters

What types of issues can a dirty filter in your AC system lead to? Well, most stem from the fact that airflow is restricted throughout the system. When that happens, energy costs begin to rise. After all, the harder it is to force cooled air through your air filter, the harder it will be to cool your home. That means that the system will use more energy in doing so, and likely with subpar results. That’s a lousy deal if we’ve ever heard one.

Also, keep in mind the strain that this extra work is going to put on your air conditioning system. It is going to cause your system to suffer excessive wear and tear, which can lead to an increase in the risk of damages. Plus, your system may start to short cycle as it overheats and tries to protect itself. That will drive up energy costs further still. Eventually, airflow can be so restricted that ice will form on the evaporator coil, exacerbating these issues even further. Changing your filter is a simple way to protect your system and your comfort levels.

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