Warm weather is here, and it seems especially sweeter after the past few months of isolation. People everywhere are looking forward to barbecues, hikes in the mountains, trips to the beach, and feeling the warmth of sunshine. Warmer weather also means turning on the HVAC unit, which means it’s the perfect time to change your air filter.
Reasons to Change Your Filter
Most of us trust our appliances to work, and the same applies to our air conditioning unit. We expect to flip a switch and feel the cool air. If you notice your ac unit doesn’t seem to be performing at its best, it may be time to change your air filter. Here are some problems a dirty air filter can cause:
- Higher energy costs. If the air filter is dirty, the HVAC system has to work harder to cool your home. This will cause your electricity costs to go up.
- Stale air. The air filter works to eliminate dust particles and allergens from the air. If it is clogged, it is unable to clean the odor–causing particles, making your air smell and feel stagnate. This stale, dirty air can also contribute to respiratory problems.
- System failure. When your HVAC unit has to work harder to perform, your chances of failure increase.
How Often to Change Your HVAC Filter
Your need to change the air filter depends on several factors. The size of your home, whether you have pets, or if you suffer allergies all play factors in how long your filter will last. It also depends on the type of filter you use. If you use a fiberglass filter, you should replace every 30 days. If you use a pleated air filter, you should check its condition every 3-6 months.
Regular HVAC maintenance will keep your home cool and supply fresh air throughout the year. If you need air conditioning repair, or if you have questions concerning the type of air filter you need, give A.M.I. Air a call. Our specialists will check your system and diagnose any problems you may have. Call us at (954) 966-2380 or make an appointment online. We can help get your system running its best and get you ready for the hot summer months ahead.