The Importance of Changing Your AC Filter

Your air conditioner works hard throughout the summer to provide the cool, comfortable home environment you need to beat the heat. Despite the reliability of modern air conditioning systems, your AC can be vulnerable to wear and damage caused by dirt buildup and a clogged furnace filter. One of the simplest and most effective solutions to many of the most common AC problems is to change your Orem air conditioner’s filter every one to three months—keep reading to find out why this simple task is so important for your home’s summertime efficiency and comfort.

What Does the Air Filter Do?

All central HVAC systems employ an air filter as part of the intake system. As air is drawn into your AC system, it is pulled through the filter, which screens out contaminants such as dust, pollen, animal dander, mold spores, and other particles present in your home’s air. This process prevents these particles from reaching your AC, where they can come to rest on interior components or continue through your ductwork as air is circulated through your home, allowing them to remain in the air you breathe every day.

Why Do I Need to Change the Filter?

There are three major reasons why homeowners need to ensure the filter on their AC system is changed on a regular basis. First, as air moves through the filter, the particles left behind during the screening process will gradually build up on the filter. Over time, this can make it more difficult for your air handler to pull air through the filter, which puts the air handler at risk for an overload and decreases the overall efficiency of your cooling system as it struggles to move air effectively. Second, a dirty filter will no longer remove particles as air flows through the filter, which contributes to the buildup of dirt, dust, and other contaminants inside your air conditioner and ducts. This process can similarly increase the risk of a breakdown by increasing strain on your entire air conditioning system; this will also cause higher cooling bills as your dirty air conditioner struggles to provide the cooling you want. Third, a clogged air filter that is no longer able to screen out particles allows these particles to remain in your home’s air instead, which can contribute to poor indoor air quality that affects your comfort and your health. Many of the most common allergens and asthma attack triggers can be naturally found in the air inside your home; a clean air filter will reduce the concentration of these particles for greater respiratory health, but a dirty air filter can worsen allergy and asthma symptoms in susceptible family members.

Regular maintenance and prompt repairs are the very best ways to prevent air conditioner wear and reduce the risk of a major breakdown this summer. Ensuring that your AC’s air filter is clean will also improve the quality of the air your family breathes for greater health and comfort in any season. If you need help with your Orem AC system this year, please visit our website to reach an experienced HVAC expert for professional advice and worry-free service to keep your air conditioner running efficiently for years to come. We also encourage you to check out our online blog for even more home heating and cooling information to help you save money and prevent major comfort problems.
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