Most people know that there is an air filter that works with the air conditioning (and heating) systems within their homes. And while many have heard that they are supposed to change their filter every month or so, most people aren’t clear on why this is. We want to make sure local homeowners are healthy and comfortable, so we give you three good reasons to change your filter today (if it’s been a while).
Health and Well-Being
Many people associate the air filter with the quality of the air in their home. An air filter allows air to come through while blocking out particles like mold spores, pollen, and dust. Some air filters are more effective at this than others, so look for the MERV rating on your current filter and check for a higher number (indicating stronger filtration) for even cleaner air.
The energy efficiency of your air conditioning system may suffer if you don’t change the filter. That’s because your air conditioner is suddenly unable to draw in enough air to cool you down when your dirty filter blocks it from coming in. The AC will have to run for longer and work harder, which means it uses a lot of energy.
Air Conditioning Performance
Dirty filters cost a lot more than you might think. When a clogged filter inhibits airflow, your air conditioner struggles, unable to perform its job properly. Parts wear down significantly. You could even reduce the lifespan of the AC unit. Change the filter every month and ask a professional for help selecting the right one. While a higher MERV is appealing for those desiring better air quality, a filter with too high of a rating may also block airflow into your AC. Change your air filter each and every month! And call Air Mechanical, Inc. for additional AC and indoor air quality services in Blaine, MN.
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