Keeping your house cool and comfortable usually means having good quality climate control. Your A/C takes care of you all summer, but you need to take care of it if you want your system to last a long time. Basic maintenance means keeping your ducts clean and changing the air filter regularly. If you're not sure whether it's time to change the air filter yet, here are a few clues that it's time.
Dust is a natural and normal part of home ownership. We track it in from inside, and particles from our skin and other debris naturally occur. If you notice more dust than usual however, it's time to replace the air filter. The air filters job is to filter out this debris so it isn't combing into your home, but when it becomes too full it can no longer do the job and dust escapes.
If you're not sure if there is more dust than usual, check near the registers to see if there is dust building up around them. Excess dust may be more obvious where the flow is more constant. If you see much more dust near the registers than you do in other areas of the house, it's very likely that your air filter needs changed.
Your air conditioning requires a certain amount of energy to run, but if your energy bill is skyrocketing and there's no obvious reason for it, your air filter may be the culprit.
As the dust we talked about earlier builds up in the filter, it doesn't just let dust escape. The pile of excess dust also blocks air flow,making it harder for your system to work. This means the A/C has to run longer in order to cool a room off, which means a larger energy bill.
A system that runs constantly can also mean your system wears out prematurely. Change those air filters, and if your bill is still suspiciously high, call a maintenance technician to help you figure out what the problem is.
Due to the nature of their job, air filters need to be changed frequently. The average air filter is designed to need replacing every 30 to 90 days. If it has been longer than 90 days, you certainly need to replace it.
Neglecting your air filter can lead to wear and tear on your climate control system, as the effort to push air through dust and debris requires the engine to work harder and longer. On the other hand, keeping your air filter maintained can extend the life of your system, lower your bills, and give you higher quality air to breathe.
There are many benefits to keeping your air filter clean and in good working order, and many drawbacks to putting it off. If you've been thinking about your air filter and whether it needs changed or not, it may well be time to replace it.