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Here’s Why You Must Change Your Home’s Air Filter

The air filter in your air conditioning system is responsible for removing pollutants and contaminants from the outside air before it is ventilated throughout your home. Air filters can remove dust, dirt, allergens, and other small particles from your air to significantly improve your indoor air quality. Unfortunately, as all the contaminants and particles are trapped within the filter, the filter becomes dirty and needs to be changed out regularly. This is extremely important during seasons of high use, such as summer, in which an air filter should be changed out every month.

Problems With Using a Dirty Air Filter

A dirty filter not only causes dust and pollutants to enter your indoor air, but it can also block airflow and cause pressure issues that lead to costly breakdowns within your a HVAC system. Don’t let a dirty air filter leave you with no air conditioning and expensive repair costs! Be sure you are replacing your air filters as needed. Keep reading to learn three major signs that your air filter is dirty and needs to be replaced.

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    1. Dust and Allergen Buildup

ACE Home Services - Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter: Dust & Allergens

Have you noticed that there is an increased amount of dust accumulating in your home? This is one of the major signs that you should replace your air filter. Old filters are usually clogged with all of the pollutants and contaminants they have trapped. Once they’re no longer able to trap excess dust and dirt, these particles will not be filtered and end up circulating throughout your home.

    1. Reduced Power Output

ACE Home Services - Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter: Reduce Power

A dirty air filter can cause additional strain on your air conditioning unit, specifically the motor. This strain not only pushes the motor to work harder, it also requires an excessive amount of electricity. You may notice that your A/C is not as powerful when turned on, or even a spike in your energy bill as the motor tried to compensate for the dirty filter.

    1. Reduced Airflow

ACE Home Services - Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter: Reduce Airflow

A common symptom of a dirty air filter results in reduced air flow throughout your home. You may feel that your air conditioning is no longer expelling adequate air throughout the vents. When your air filter is clogged, not as much air is able to pass through the filter and into the vents. Not only does this result in your HVAC system working less efficiently, but it negatively affects the distribution of air within your home.

Contact ACE for All of Your Home HVAC Needs

If you’re having problems with your air conditioner, such as it’s not blowing cold air, you should have a trusted HVAC company come out and take a look. At ACE Home Services we’ve been serving Phoenix residents for nearly three decades. To contact us for a service call, click here or call (602) 943-2000.