Chances are, the only time you think about your air conditioner is during the summer months. After that, the AC gets turned off and forgotten until next summer. But just like any appliance, maintenance is needed to keep these machines running and performing optimally.
One important part of your AC system are the air filters. When properly maintained, air filters can improve the air quality in your home and potentially save you money.
Unfortunately, most people tend to ignore their air conditioning filters. And this can lead to health problems, higher power bills, repair and maintenance costs and more. So let’s have a look at a few of the reasons why it’s important to properly maintain your air filters.
Air filters allow clean air to pass through while capturing dirt, debris and other contaminants. Some filters even contain carbon, which allows it to filter gaseous pollutants like chemical vapors and volatile organic compounds.
Over time these filters can get clogged, effectively blocking the airflow. This means that the unit has to work harder to circulate the cool air. When this happens, users can often turn the AC unit up to compensate for the lack of cool air. This will lead to the unit using more power and consuming more energy than it would have to if it was running efficiently. This can significantly affect the performance and lifespan of your unit.
This increased energy consumption will also affect your pocket. The reduced air flow can cause air-handling fans to work harder and use more power. This will result in higher power bills at the end of the month.
If you want to save money in the long run, consider periodically checking your air filters. A visual inspection should be enough to determine if your filters need replacing. If your filters are grey, torn or clogged, get them sorted immediately.
Improves Air Quality
Filters are responsible for maintaining your home’s air quality. It’s main job is to filter dirt, debris, pet hair, gasses and other contaminants. With faulty air filters, all of these pollutants will circulate around your home, and can trigger allergies and other respiratory issues.
Since bushfires are common in Australia, the Department of Health has even mentioned air conditioning as one effective way of filtering unhealthy smoke from indoor spaces.
For the best air quality, make sure your filters are always in good shape. You can also upgrade to high-efficiency filters if you feel that your current ones aren’t doing the job. For example, HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters remove 99.97% of harmful particles from the air. This could be a great option for those with serious allergies or respiratory problems.
Maintains Consistent Air Temperature
With clean filters, your AC unit will have zero trouble cooling your home. However, as the filters clogs up, your unit will have a harder time getting through a cooling cycle. Over time, your overworked AC system will simply not be able to maintain the same temperatures as it did in the past. Eventually, it will break down and will need to be replaced.
To save yourself from having to pay for a new system, it’s a good idea to check your filters regularly. Doing so will help your system to maintain the temperature that you want during those sweltering summers.
Reduces Risk of System Malfunctioning
Clogged filters lead to overwork. Overwork then leads to overheating. If you don’t replace your dirty air filters, your unit can even shut down suddenly. Repairing an air conditioner in such a condition will likely cost you a lot of money. In some cases you might even have to buy a new unit if the damage is severe enough.
Now that you know how important air filters are, go check on yours. Taking care of your air conditioner can prevent further damage and help you avoid expensive repairs and replacements.