The importance of home air conditioning air filters

By : Nick Marr

If you have central air conditioning in your home, you know that there is a certain amount of maintenance that is necessary to keep the system doing its job as it should. This includes cleaning the filter, which is an integral part of the system. But do you really know why the filter is so important and why it needs to be replaced regularly? Chances are good, you don’t. If you knew how important your air filter was to the health of your family and the quality of the air in your home, you’d without a doubt be more diligent about changing the filter on a regular schedule.

Here’s the short answer:

The air filter in your air conditioning unit does two important jobs. First, it keeps the coils and other elements of the air conditioning unit itself clean so that all of those parts don’t get clogged, which can lead to a breakdown of the overall system. Second, the air filter also removes particles from the air, keeping it clean and regulating air quality. With a well-functioning air conditioning filter, the whole system will run efficiently and the air in your home will be clean. As you can see, choosing the right air filters and maintaining them properly can not only keep your home cool but your family healthy.

Is it really necessary to clean/replace my air conditioning filter?

Yes. The cleanliness and functionality of your air conditioning system directly correlates to the quality of the air in your home. If the coils are dirty, the system has to work extra hard to keep your home cool and the air clean. That uses more energy and cause undue wear and tear on your system and reducing its lifespan.

How frequently should I replace the air filter?

The truth is, you can’t really change your air filter too often. The cleaner it is, the cleaner the air in your home will be. If you have anyone in your family who already has respiratory issues like asthma, it’s even more important to change the filter regularly. If your home is dusty and/or if you have pets, you should also clean your filter in between changes to remove pet dander, dust, and other particles. Discover more here about air filters and to find which one is right for you.

Can I change the air filter myself, or do I need to call in a professional?

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Here’s the great news: You can absolutely change your air filter yourself. It’s an easy process that doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge. There’s no need to call a professional. On the other hand, if you wait too long and your filter becomes clogged and debris gets into the rest of your cooling system as a result, a call to a service professional may just be in order.