When Should I Change My AC Air Filter?

Without air conditioning, the summer heat can be downright miserable. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your air conditioner properly. One aspect of caring for your air conditioner is easy and accessible for every homeowner. That’s changing your air filter when you’re supposed to do so. Unfortunately, many homeowners simply neglect that air filter with detrimental consequences for their AC unit.

You should change your air filters for your air conditioning system approximately every 30 to 45 days depending on your home’s condition, such as pets, amount of occupants, and air quality. Keep reading to learn more about why your air filter is so important and why you should change it regularly.

Why Do Air Filters Matter?

The air filter in your AC unit helps to ensure that you’re breathing clean, fresh air. When you’re in your home, and even when you’re outside, clean air should be important to you. Even your pets prefer to breathe fresh air!

Providing optimal air quality through your AC system is the number one job of your regular air filter. If you have allergies, you’ll also be helping keep potentially problematic debris like dander, dirt and dust from getting into your lungs, nose and on your skin.

It’s also important to understand what a dirty air filter does to your AC system.

What’s Wrong with an Old Air Filter?

When you think about it, you probably can’t come up with too many reasons why an old air filter would be such a big problem. Sure, your air might not be as clean, but that seems like the only issue, right? Not true at all!

When you’re running an air conditioning system with a dirty air filter, you’re putting the whole system at risk. That’s because a clogged air filter strains the system by literally making it harder to push cool air out of the vents.

When air filters are dirty and clogged, they can cause your system to overheat, malfunction or even shut down completely. Leaving a clogged air filter in place for long periods of time can also shorten the life of your entire AC system and make big repair bills a lot more likely.

A clogged air filter also keeps your system from running in an efficient manner. That can result in high cooling bills and a home that just isn’t as comfortable as you would like, especially when the temperature outside climbs above 100 degrees.

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Changing your air filter regularly according to your AC unit’s instructions is something you can and should do on your own. Mark it down on your calendar and keep a spare air filter handy so you’re always on schedule.

However, there’s more to an efficient air conditioner than just a clean filter. That’s why it’s very important that you schedule a professional tune-up before the summer season starts. Doing so can keep you from facing a big repair bill or spending a ton of money to cool your home with an inefficient system.Get a tune-up now and you’ll be ready for the summer heat before it becomes a major problem.

Contact Ace Home Services to learn more about changing your AC filters and why it’s so important to do it on a regular schedule. ACE Home Services has been in business since 1994, and we look forward to serving all of your air conditioning, heating and plumbing needs.

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