As we get deeper into the heat of summer, you will likely be turning your air conditioning unit on more and more. One of the easiest and most important ways to keep your AC running smoothly is by changing the filter. Almost every air conditioning system has a filter and its job is to remove particles from the air and keep your air conditioner clean.
Changing your unit’s filter regularly ensures your system will run more efficiently and maintain better air quality. Experts recommend that you check your unit’s air filter monthly and change it every 1-3 months. A filter clogged with dust or pet dander makes the unit work harder to heat and cool your home. Having a clean filter allows air to circulate more freely through the system, saving you energy costs and extending the life of your unit.
Because an air filter affects indoor air quality, it is important to inspect heating and air conditioning filters regularly for your safety. Replace it if it looks brown, dirty, or clogged. Always replace a filter that feels damp, to prevent mold growth. Indoor air quality is important for everyone, but if someone in the home suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems, it is especially important to make sure the unit is running with a clean filter. Those who run their units year-round, own pets, smoke, or have had construction or a wildfire in the area should also change the filter more frequently.
Replacing your heating and air conditioning filter regularly is a simple and cost-effective way to avoid costly repairs and replacements. It is also an easy step to take towards lowering your energy bill, reducing carbon emissions, and maintaining a clean indoor air environment. Avoiding an overworked, inefficient unit will help keep your heating and air conditioning unit in operation and cut down on allergens and pollutants in your home.
At Blue Flame Heating & Air Conditioning LLC, we have over 20 years of heating and air conditioning experience in the Spokane area! Whether you are looking for preventative maintenance or are in need of a new HVAC system to keep your home cool, our professionals can help. Give us a call at 509-536-0186 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your air conditioning needs this summer.