An air conditioning system is only as good as its air filter. Dirty air filters partially block the air flowing through your HVAC system. With less air flowing through, your system has to work harder to cool your home. You’ll see the waste of energy show up on your utility bills. Dirty filters can also contribute to malfunctioning equipment.
Your air filter should be changed at least once every three months. If you’re using your air system frequently, however, the filter might need to be changed as frequently as monthly. If it looks dirty, change it.
Putting in a new air filter is an easy do-it-yourself project, but it can be a hassle if you are unprepared. Some tips:
- Get the correct size. Air filters come in a variety of dimensions. Your system requires an exact fit. Look at your old filter or check your owner’s manual.
- Buy a bundle of air filters. You’ll be changing your air filter more than once. Buy a bunch to save trips to the store later.
- Write in on the calendar. Changing an air filter is a simple job, but only if you remember to do it. Especially during the hottest months, when you use your A/C most, write monthly reminders on your calender.
Changing your air filter is one of the easiest ways to help keep your home energy efficient. If you have any questions about A/C upkeep, please contact the experts at Conditioned Air. We are always happy to help our neighbors in Southwest Florida.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air filters and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.