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Is It Important to Change My AC Filter Regularly?

April 18, 2016 | Blog

There are a lot of very sunny, very hot days headed our way as spring slips into the summer season. No matter how much you may love the heat of summer, the fact remains that you want to have a nice, cool, comfortable environment to return home to at the end of the day. That is why we suggest scheduling routine AC tune-ups. Yearly maintenance is an absolute must if you want to get the most from your air conditioning system. However, you must also remember just how vital it is that your system has a clean air filter installed at all times. To ensure that this is the case, you really must do your part.

Is It Important to Change My AC Filter Regularly?

A Clean Air Filter Is Extremely Important

The last thing that you want to do is to pay more money for a lesser performance from your home cooling system. That is precisely what you risk, though, when you fail to change out your systems’ air filter as needed. When your filter clogs up, your AC is going to struggle to force conditioned air through it. That increased resistance means that your system is going to require more energy than it should have to in order to cool your home. Plus, the excess wear and tear put on your system make it more likely that you will encounter operational problems, or even a premature breakdown, with your AC. Don’t let reduced airflow lead to the icing up of your evaporator coil, either. This will hinder the heat absorption process, leaving your AC incapable of functioning effectively or reliably.

We’d love to tell you just how frequently you should change your filter, but the truth is that different systems and different filters have different needs. Generally speaking, every 2–3 months is pretty average. Certain cheaper filters, however, may need to be replaced monthly. When in doubt, just pull out your filter and give it a quick visual inspection, replacing it as needed.

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