Living in a climate such as ours, it’s absolutely vital to have a properly functioning air conditioner. In order to ensure your AC system runs as effectively and efficiently as possible throughout its lifespan, you’ll want to have a professional HVAC technician inspect, service, and repair your unit when needed. Regular preventive maintenance such as this is essential. However, there is one thing you can do on a regular basis that helps your air conditioner work: changing the air filter.
Is This Really Necessary?
Your natural assumption may be that the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is there to purify your air, and that it only needs to be changed when you have maintenance performed. However, this air filter is actually designed to help protect the inside components of your HVAC system, and if it becomes dirty or clogged your AC cannot work efficiently.
You’ll notice a decrease in airflow as your system works harder to cool your home, and as a result you’ll lose money because your air conditioner won’t be working as effectively as it should. Changing your air filter every 1–3 months can increase your system’s lifespan and possibly prevent costly repairs.
The standard recommendation for an air filter change is that you do it every 3 months. However, if you have a significant amount of contaminants in your home—pet dander, cigarette smoke—then you might want to go ahead and do this task monthly.
But How Do I Do This?
Changing your air filter is fairly simple. First, you’ll want to shut the system down just to make sure you maintain safety. Then you can determine the type and size of air filter you need by looking at the number and size printed on your existing filter. Remember that when you remove the old filter you’ll have 1-3 months’ worth of trapped material in it, so handle the filter with care to prevent the release of these allergens. Be sure to call on a professional should you need any assistance.
For a full range of air conditioner services throughout Taylor, TX and surrounding areas, contact Roznovak’s Services today!