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The Importance of Changing Your AC Filter Regularly

The air conditioning filter is a vital component in your home air conditioning system. Many homeowners think of this piece as a component that mainly serves to filter contaminants out of the air they breathe. But this is not its only purpose; in fact, it’s not even necessarily the primary function of the filter.

Take a look at why it is so important to change or clean the filter every 1 – 3 months or according to your manufacturer’s or technician’s recommendations.

Clogged Filters Lead to Performance and Efficiency Issues

One of the most important functions of the air filter (and the reason for its design) is keeping debris from damaging the air conditioning system. In order to cool the air, a blower fan first sucks in air from your home. Without a filter in place, it could also bring in debris that could impair the fan or the motor. Ultimately, the filter protects your system from failure, but only if it is changed regularly.

If the filter becomes too dirty, the AC cannot suck in enough air to run properly. There must be a certain amount of air coming into the system in order to regulate temperatures and keep all of the parts running smoothly. A clogged filter can lead to costly air conditioning repairs like a frozen coil, a struggling motor, or even trouble with the compressor. In any case, the system will probably use more energy to operate.

Choose the Right Filter for Replacement

Changing the air filter regularly is important for your health, the performance of the air conditioner, and your energy bills. But you should make sure you have the right filter for your system. A high MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) indicates a filter is more effective at trapping smaller particles. However, a more effective filter may also block airflow to the system. Consult with a professional to help you find the right filter or to install an additional air filtration system.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice! Call us today for AC and filter services in the Hayden area.

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