When was the last time you changed the air filters in your home? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long. Dirty filters will cause the air conditioner to freeze and the furnace to run too hot causing it to cycle on its limits. If you only have a furnace you can get by with changing filters every 3 months. If you have air conditioning you should change filters monthly.
The general rule of thumb is that you should change your air filter every 3 months, but some manufacturers may actually recommend you replace your filters more often, so check your HVAC guide for more details.
What’s the problem with having a dirty air filter? A dirty air filter isn’t just a problem, it’s several problems:
- Indoor air quality suffers — When the air filter is filled with dust and debris, it won’t be able to clean the air in your home properly. So, your family will be breathing in all sorts of contaminants. That can lead to a host of respiratory issues, including asthma. Keep your filters clean!
- Cold air can’t get through — A clogged filter blocks air flow, making it more difficult to keep your home cool and comfortable. That means you have to really crank up your AC to get your space cold enough, leading to unnecessarily high electricity bills.
- Your air conditioner takes a beating — When the air filters are dirty and haven’t been replaced on time, your AC has to work much harder to cool your house. This extra workload can cause serious wear and tear, reducing the lifetime of your system.
Having your air conditioner or furnace checked is like changing your oil on your car. You know you need to do it but it sometimes you go way longer than you should. The longer you wait the more potential problems & expense you are subjecting yourself to.
For all your Denver air conditioning maintenance and repair needs, trust the experienced team at Sanders & Johnson. Learn more at www.SandersAndJohnson.com.
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