How Regularly Replacing or Cleaning Your Air Conditioner Filters Can Increase Efficiency

When it comes to HVAC maintenance, replacing or cleaning your air conditioner filters is one of the most important and cost-effective ways to increase efficiency. In fact, changing the air filter regularly can make a big difference in how much energy your AC unit uses. This simple task can help keep your energy bills low and improve the overall performance of your system.


Air conditioners are designed to draw air in from outside and cool it down before circulating it into the home. To do this, they rely on an internal system of filters that trap dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other airborne particles from entering the interior of your home through the AC unit’s vents. Over time these filters become clogged with debris which significantly reduces airflow and impedes efficient cooling as well as indoor air quality.


The good news is that regular filter replacement or cleaning can easily alleviate this problem by restoring adequate airflow through an AC unit’s vents while keeping allergens at bay at all times! Once you have located where your air filter is housed (usually within a metal grille near return ducts), you will want to check its condition every month. If you notice that it is dirty or clogged with dust, then it’s definitely time for a replacement!


It should also be noted that if you own pets then it might be wise to replace/clean these filters more often (once every two weeks) as pet hair/dander accumulates quickly in them over time thus reducing their effectiveness even further. Besides replacing standard disposable fiberglass filters with new ones regularly, there are other steps one can take for enhanced efficiency such as opting for high-efficiency pleated paper media replacements which provide superior filtration compared to traditional models; installing electrostatic permanent filters which last up to three year,; or investing in electronic air cleaners which use charged plates/needles along with ultraviolet germicidal radiation for superior removal of airborne particles like bacteria & viruses from indoor spaces.


Finally don’t forget about preventive maintenance measures such as having professional HVAC technicians inspect & clean evaporator coils annually so they don’t get blocked by dirt buildup resulting in inadequate cooling & elevated energy bills! Regularly changing out dirty & clogged filters not only helps maintain proper airflow but also prevents excessive strain on motors thus prolonging their life span too. This means fewer repairs are needed over time due to budget savings achieved by improved efficiency levels!


HVAC maintenance isn’t just about making changes that look nice on the outside – there are plenty of things homeowners can do behind closed doors too that will make a major impact on their pocketbook when done correctly. Replacing or cleaning out dirty air conditioner filters regularly is one such measure – something many homeowners overlook yet has considerable benefits both short-term (better cooling) and long-term (reduced energy costs). Dirty AC units require more power than clean ones due to decreased airflow caused by accumulated dirt inside them restricting normal operations. Therefore, regular maintenance becomes essential if you want improved performance levels without spiking up utility bills each month unnecessarily!


When shopping around for new HVAC systems always pay close attention to their MERV ratings. This will determine what kinds of particulate matter they’re capable of capturing per pass-through. Thus, larger numbers typically mean better filtration capabilities overall though come at higher prices accordingly due increased complexity involved.  Fortunately, most standard models come equipped with filtration capabilities that will provide adequate measures when they are properly maintained. Cleaning out existing systems requires nothing more than removing old/clogged components per manufacturer instructions. Then, follow up with thorough cleaning.


Overall investing just a few minutes each month towards examining the current state of your HVAC system will go a long way.  Doing so will assist in preventing future complications arising from neglecting routine upkeep.


Randy Murphy

Randy Murphy has been building his knowledge of the air conditioning and heating business for several years now. He first started applying his knowledge while working for his father’s HVAC company. Later, in 1987, Randy started his own business: Metro Express Service. He has been a top 10 Trane & Amana dealer for over eight years. When it comes to heating and cooling, Randy knows the business better than anyone.
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