One of the best ways to uphold your air conditioning unit and to keep it working at peak efficiency is to maintain the filter. This simple step is crucial, especially for those who suffer from allergies. Making sure the air filter is kept in good condition keeps the air inside your home clean and keeps your air conditioning unit operating at peak efficiency.
It is critical to routinely maintain an air conditioning unit’s filter in order to ensure that it functions efficiently at all times. Clogged and dirty filters block the air conditioner’s air flow, which means that air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. This may raise your air conditioner’s energy consumption by as much as 15 percent.
Every home is different, so the life of each air filter will vary. If you are constantly running your air conditioner, are subjecting your home to very dusty conditions, or have furry pets in your home, you may need to change or clean your air filter as frequently as every one to two months. In other homes, you may only need to change your filter every six months.
It may seem strange, but the better your air conditioner filter is, the more often you will have to clean or replace it. This is because if your filter is doing its job well, it will accumulate dust and dirt. A traditional pleated air filter will simply need to be replaced once it accumulates grime. However, other types of filters, such as electronic and HEPA filters, can be cleaned.
The collector cells of an electronic filter must be removed and cleaned using a special HVAC cleanser. HEPA filters, because of their effectiveness, can become clogged very quickly and should be checked monthly. For both electronic and HEPA filters, it is best to enlist the help of a professional service technician to make sure that your filter is being cleaned properly and thoroughly, therefore ensuring the effectiveness of your air conditioning unit. Wm. Henderson Heating and Cooling has been helping people keep their air systems functioning at top efficiency for over 35 years. Call us today to get started.