Replacing Your Air Conditioning Filter
Did you know that you should be replacing your air conditioning filters every 1 to 3 months? Using old, dirty, or clogged air filters can significantly affect your air quality. If you can’t remember when you last changed it, there are some tell tale signs you should look for.
Are the areas around your vents looking dusty or dirty? This is evidence that a filter is having a hard time doing its job. Your filter removes pollutants from indoor air and when its not doing its job your indoor air quality can be reduced. Over time, you are looking at system damage and malfunction, so it is very important to recognize this need.
Another sign can be if you notice allergy symptoms rising. The newer your filter, the better it does its job removing pollen, dust, and pet dander from your air. If you notice everyone sniffling and sneezing around the house, this could mean you need to replace your air conditioning filter. Also, for people with increased allergy sensitivity, it is actually recommended that you are replacing your air conditioning filter monthly to keep allergy symptoms down.
Is the unit overheating? Feel the back of your HVAC unit to see if its getting too hot, it may even be expelling hot air. If so, this could mean its been over a month since replacement and its time for a new one.
If you are still unsure, hang a white sheet in front of the vent. Make sure its about 5 to 8 inches away from the vent and leave it up for about an hour. If your filter needs to be replaced, the sheet will turn gray.
Though it can be a hassle, keeping fresh air filters in your air conditioner is an investment into the life of your AC unit. They can also provide direct savings in energy and money. Let us help you assess your needs, select the best filter replacement, and replace your air filter the right way.