What is one of the easiest things you can do to prolong the life of your A/C unit? Change the air filters frequently!
Dirty filters compromise the efficiency of your A/C unit and increase the costs to operate it. When dirt collects on the cooling coils, it allows frost buildup on the coils and the fans, making it more difficult for the unit to cool your house. Cooling coils that are dirty will also cause reduced internal air flow into the unit.
If the unit struggles to take in air, it can raise your energy bill. The unit has to work harder to cool your house, which means it requires more power to accomplish cooling. Regularly cleaning the blower motors and other components helps move the air through the system efficiently, which is critical to good performance and longevity of the A/C unit. The worst-case scenario is that the extra struggle to take in air could cause the A/C unit to malfunction and possibly fail.
Dirty air filters also compromise the air you breathe. If the filter is dirty, the air duct is most likely dirty, too, and this will pump dust and air pollutants into your home. Indoor air pollutants can include dust, smoke, pet dander, gas residue from cooking, and even harsh chemicals from cleaning supplies. These air pollutants can irritate your respiratory system and cause allergic reactions. Abundant pollutants become allergens that can cause physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and tightness in your chest. These allergens can lead to problems like asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Changing the air filter is easy, and filters are inexpensive to purchase at local hardware stores, home centers, or online. It’s best to replace filters every month for central air and window units during the hottest months of the year. Changing the filter regularly will improve indoor air quality and promote the longevity of your A/C unit.
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