The hot and humid Florida summer weather is upon us, and that means many of us are cranking our air conditioners to keep our homes cool and comfortable. To protect you and your family from the outdoor heat, the maintenance of your AC unit is extremely important. One of the easiest things you can do to maintain your unit is to change your air filter.
Why is changing your air filter so important? The experts at Air Rescue share some reasons why you should change your filters regularly:
Prevent damage to your unit
AC filters are designed to keep dust, dirt, and other debris out of your air conditioner. If you don’t change the filter on a regular basis, layers of filth can accumulate on the motors, fans, and other essential parts. The excess filth clogs the entire system, causing the motor to work longer and harder to turn the fans that provide adequate airflow for the cooling system. Increased wear and tear can cause these parts to fail prematurely over time, which in the end will cost you money. Compromised airflow can also lead to frozen coils or an overheated compressor, both of which are expensive repairs.
Lower energy bills
A dirty or clogged AC system uses more power because it has to work harder to cool your home to its set temperature, resulting in higher energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, cooling and heating account for nearly half of the average home’s energy bills. Replacing your AC filter regularly allows your system to more efficiently and use less energy, making it a win for your wallet and the environment.
Extend the life of your equipment
The expected lifespan of an air conditioning unit is 15 to 20 years. However, these estimates are based on optimal operating conditions as a well-maintained system will last longer than one that is neglected. While your system may work well initially, failing to maintain your system will result in a shorter lifespan and need for a total system replacement. Scheduling annual check-ups and changing your filters regularly will ensure your system performs efficiently and extend your system’s lifespan.
Improved indoor air quality
Poor indoor air quality can trigger symptoms including sneezing, scratchy throat, eye irritation, and respiratory issue; these symptoms may be worse for those suffering from allergies or asthma. Changing your air filter regularly will prevent dirt, dust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and other allergens from entering your home and affecting the inside air.
Good air quality results in better health for you and your family – especially during allergy season and the current COVID-19 pandemic. While a clean air filter will result in less dusting, it will also prevent germs and bacteria from entering your home. A MERV-13 rated air filter traps airborne bacteria and viruses from sneezes and coughs. And while it doesn’t guarantee protection from coronavirus, updating your filter can reduce the risk and the cleaner air will keep your immune system strong. Clean filters mean cleaner air and overall, a healthier home.
The life of your air conditioning and the health of your family depends on regular system maintenance. Changing your AC filter is an easy way to keep your indoor air clean prevent costly repairs to your air conditioner. If you have any questions about when or how you should be changing your air filters, contact the professionals at Air Rescue. For more information visit our website or call us at 813-612-5600.