Why You Should Clean & Replace Your AC Filter
Your central air conditioning system is a potent ally in your quest to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long. But it can’t go it alone.
First of all, heating and cooling systems have an average lifespan of 12-15 years. So right away that tells you that little by little, wear and tear takes its toll, eventually leading to repair problems and, ultimately, system failure.
Repair issues can be minimized and system lifespan extended if you take the simple step of having a licensed and experienced HVAC professional clean and inspect your system once a year, preferably in the spring. But your system leads plenty more TLC than that to maintain high levels of operating efficiency.
One of the things you can do to help the cause is clean or replace your AC filter about every two weeks. It’s located inside the air handler, the indoor component of your system. In most homes, it’s installed in the attic. And while that might not be your favorite place to visit, it’s essential that some member of your family take responsibility for having a clean filter at all times.
Otherwise, dirt, dust, and other pollutants will cling to the filter and – little by little – restrict airflow. When the cool air being generated by your AC system can’t flow freely through the filter and air ducts, it will over-compensate by working harder to deliver the same end result. That, in turn, causes more wear and tear than necessary while driving up your utility costs.
A clogged filter also can result frozen evaporator coils inside the air handler, and that might trigger the need to replace it.
Take it from us, Correct Temp: your AC system will run better and cost less to operate with regular filter cleaning or, as needed, replacement. In the meantime, contact us if it’s been a year or longer since your system was last professionally cleaned and inspected. That, too, will go a long way to helping you get the most value for your money.