Your air conditioning filter can greatly affect both the quality of your home’s air and the efficiency and longevity of your air conditioning unit. In addition to filtering out pollen, dust, and other contaminants from the air you breathe in your home, your air conditioning filter prevents these particles from collecting on the evaporator coil and other system components. Your filters can also prevent larger objects (loose insulation, etc.) from being pulled into the system, causing damage or a fire.
Increased Air Quality and Reduced System Strain
Routine air filter replacement is essential to decreasing the amount of mold, dust, pet dander and other organic material that passes into your home and accumulates in your system’s ducts. Eventually, all air in your home and HVAC system passes through your air filter. It gradually becomes more clogged and dense as it catches particles in its fine mesh. This buildup reduces air flow and increases the amount of time your system has to run, putting significant stress on your air conditioner’s internal components. As a matter of fact, clogged air filters are the number one cause of HVAC system failure! You may be able to have your unit repaired if this happens, but if your unit is older, you may need to purchase a new system.
Energy and Utility Bill Savings
Dirty air filters mean your AC has to work harder and use more energy. More energy means an increase to your utility bill. The Department of Energy states that simply changing your HVAC filter can improve your system’s efficiency and save you 5% – 15% on your utility costs. That means a savings of $10-$30 a month (up to $360 a year!) on a $200 monthly utility bill.
How Often Should You Change Your Filters?
Air filters have different life spans depending on the type of filter, the living condition in your home (pets, smokers, high pollen area, etc.), and how often you use your HVAC system. They may need to be changed monthly, but some higher quality filters may be used for up to three months. A good rule of thumb is check them once a month.
Atlanta Air Care is Here to Help
In addition to changing your filters, it’s important to get an HVAC tune-up and regular maintenance. For more information on changing your dirty air filter, scheduling a tune-up, or repairing the damage a dirty air filter may have caused to your system, call Atlanta Air Care today!