Performing regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit can prolong the life of your system, prevent more expensive repairs, and increase energy efficiency. It also helps ensure that your AC won’t die on the hottest day of the summer!
One of the most critical parts of regular maintenance is changing your air filter. It’s also the easiest! And while it may be the last thing on your mind, it really is important. Here’s why:
- The performance and longevity of your entire HVAC system hinges on a clean filter. A clogged filter significantly reduces air flow, putting stress on all the other air conditioner components. In fact, clogged filters are the #1 cause of HVAC system failure. Spending a little on new filters can save yourself thousands in the future!
- When your HVAC system has a clean filter in good condition, you’re saving up to 15% on utility costs. When a filter is dirty, it’s not doing its primary job of keeping dust from collecting on the evaporator coil, and a dirty evaporator coil can increase your energy costs by 5-40%! (Not to mention that a frozen coil can also stop your AC unit in its tracks on a hot day when you need cool air the most!)
- A clean filter means cleaner air and reduced mold growth, which is especially important if you have allergies or asthma. Indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental health risks, and a filter ensures your home has fresh clean air!
It’s a no-brainer! The trick is remembering to do it. We’re often asked how often to change filters, and the answer is simple: when they are dirty. It’s amazing how quickly dust and debris can build up. The frequency depends somewhat on the type of filter, the number of occupants and pets in your household, and general air quality within and surrounding your home. However, it’s usually between 30-90 days. ENERGY STAR recommends that you check and change your air filter every month during the peak season, but definitely do so every three months at a minimum. This can be hard to remember, so try to organize it at the same time each month or set yourself a recurring calendar reminder or alert.
Over time, even when you replace your filters regularly, dust and other air particles build up in your HVAC system leading to decreased efficiency and effectiveness. Our professional HVAC services include a complete 21-step precision air conditioning tune-up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This comprehensive service includes an inspection of all parts of the system as well as system performance measures.
Clean filters and regular tune-ups make for a high-performing AC unit that will last a long time. Nearly half of the repair calls we receive could have been prevented with regular maintenance like this! To keep your system running well, contact us today!