Changing Your Air Filter: A Necessary AC Maintenance Task

In order to have a properly functioning air conditioner, it’s vital that you have a professional HVAC technician inspect, service, and repair your unit when needed. Routine maintenance is also key to ensuring its efficiency over its lifecycle. There is one monthly task, however, that you can and should handle yourself, and that is changing your air filter.

Why Do I Need to Do This?

The standard air filters that come with HVAC units are designed to protect the inside components of the unit. It keeps out dirt, dust, debris, and other contaminants that can build up and create a decrease in airflow. This buildup will make your AC system work harder, and cause you to lose money since it won’t be working as effectively and efficiently as it should. Changing your air filter on a monthly basis can increase the lifespan of your unit, and maybe even prevent costly repairs.

Many homeowners assume that they can just wait until their routine maintenance appointment to have their air filter changed. However, even if you have maintenance done twice a year, that is still 6 months between filter changes, which is too long. Experts say even if you don’t change it on a monthly basis, 3 months is the longest you should go between each change. If you have significant contaminants within your home, such as pet dander or cigarette smoke, then it may be best to stick with the once-a-month schedule.

Is It Hard to Change?

No, not only is changing your air filter relatively inexpensive, it is also pretty easy. First, for safety reasons you’ll want to turn off your HVAC system. Next, you’ll find what type of air filter you need by observing the number and size printed on your existing filter. Remember that when you remove the old filter, you have 1-3 months of trapped material on it. Handle the air filter with care to prevent the release of allergens and other irritants. Lastly, don’t hesitate to call on a professional if you need assistance.

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