Why Your Air Conditioner Needs a Fresh Filter
GRmetro Heating and Cooling is a locally owned and operated HVAC company serving homeowners throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan and the surrounding areas.
We would love to tell you that there is a way in which you can prevent any and all problems from developing with your home cooling system. As you have probably guessed, though, this simply is not the case. All air conditioners are going to need repairs at some point. It truly is a matter of “when,” not “if”. That being said, there are a few different ways in which you can help to avoid many problems with your air conditioning in Rockford, MI.
Routine air conditioning maintenance is definitely the best way to keep your air conditioning system functioning as effectively, reliably, and efficiently as possible. By and large, air conditioning maintenance is something that must be left to the trained professionals. However, there is one very important and very simple step that you can take to help keep your system functioning properly. That step? Changing your air filter regularly.
Yes, It Really Is That Important
We know what you’re thinking. C’mon, really? How the heck could a dirty air filter put my air conditioner at risk. The air quality, maybe, but the AC itself? Well, the truth of the matter is that your air filter is not really there to protect your indoor air quality. In fact, its primary function is to protect your AC itself! So yes, it really is that important!
Your standard air filter prevents dust, dirt, and other such pollutants from building up on sensitive components within the air conditioning system. It is actually not efficient enough to protect indoor air quality throughout the house. Now, you can upgrade your system with a designated air filtration system, but that basic air filter won’t do the job.
So What Kind of Trouble Are We Talking About?
The kind that stems from excessive airflow resistance caused by a very dirty air filter. There are a few different ways in which a filter in this condition will result in a negative impact in your home. First of all, there is energy efficiency to consider.
The harder that an air conditioner has to work in order to force air through a dirty air filter, the more energy that this system is going to consume in its efforts to cool your home. That means that it is going to cause your energy costs to rise. Changing your air filter is cheap and simple, and helps to keep energy costs in check.
It also helps to prevent damage to your air conditioning system. If the filter is too dirty and cutting back on airflow, then the coil can ice up as it gets too cold. That further insulates the coil, exacerbating the problem. Then, your system can wind up short cycling as it overheats, which in turn puts even more wear and tear on the system and drags energy efficiency down further.
For just a few dollars and moments of your time, you can really help your AC system to excel in its operation. Typically, these filters will need to be changed every 1-3 months.