Top 3 Reasons You Need to Change Your Air Conditioning Filter
It may seem odd that a system as complex as an air conditioner or furnace relies on a simple filter to protect it, but it does. The air conditioning filter is your HVAC system’s first line of defense against dust and dirt. Buildup of dust or dirt can lead to early equipment failure, higher energy bills, and can even contribute to illnesses.
Here are the top three reasons why you should change your air conditioning filter now, and continue to check it every month!
- Prevents premature system failure
- Saves money
- Prevents indoor air pollutants
Extend the Lifetime of your AC unit
You probably wouldn’t consider driving your car with a clogged air or gas filter! When you neglect your home’s air conditioning filter for your in-home AC unit, you’re doing exactly that.
When dust and dirt cover the filter, the airflow through the air handler slows down, causing all the parts to work harder. Dirt can cover the evaporator coil inside the air handler, which could not only prevent proper airflow, but in certain climates, could even cause the filter to freeze over! If your air conditioning filter freezes over, the system will continue to run, but your home will not cool. Once the frost melts, it could flood the drain pan, causing more damage.
If you use a gas furnace, the dirt can cover the heat exchanger, which can actually cause it to crack. These cracks can emit carbon monoxide (CO) and be a cause for the gas company or HVAC technician to red tag it until it’s repaired or replaced. It’s far simpler, safer and more cost-effective to simply check and change your air conditioning filter. Overall, changing your air conditioning filter helps prevent premature system failure.
Air Conditioning Filters Save You Money
Want to save money every month and avoid a costly air conditioning unit replacement? No problem! Changing your air filter helps keep air flowing easily and reduces strain on the AC unit.
Slow airflow means that it takes longer for the system to reach the thermostat settings. The extra running time will increase your energy usage, as well as the wear on all the moving parts. More effort equals more energy, which means more wear and tear on your wallet.
Air Conditioning Filters Enhance Air Quality
If you’re looking to increase your overall health and quality of life, changing your air conditioning filter can be a silent savior. Air filters trap airborne pathogens and prevent poor indoor air quality. Some air purifiers and HVAC systems can even kill certain viruses!
Letting the dust build on your air conditioning filter increases the likelihood of harmful pollutants entering your home. A clean air filter can help relieve allergies and asthma and keep your ducts cleaner.
Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning
To learn more about the importance of changing your home’s air filter, contact Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer a variety of filters and sizes to help Orlando and Central Florida homeowners maintain their HVAC systems.
Don’t know where or how to replace your air filter? It’s ok – a lot of homeowners don’t! Give us a call and we can help you replace your air filter to get the best operation from your system.
Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning is a full-service heating and air conditioning company and a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer in Central Florida. Whether you need repair, maintenance, or installation of a new heating or cooling system, we provide efficient, cost-effective, and professional service. When it’s hot, call Scott!Tags: air filters, energy bills, heating and cooling, hvac system, indoor air quality, orlando florida
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