A quality air conditioning technician will often remind you just how important it is to change your air filter. The air filter is a vital component in any air conditioning system, filtering out particles big and small so that they cannot move through the ducts. Keeping the filter clean is important for your well-being, but this reminder is not only for your health.
What Does an Air Filter Do?
Most standard air filters are made of fiberglass or natural fibers. These fibers trap particles as the blower fan in your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system sucks in the air from around your home. This way, particles of a certain size are not circulating through the air, making you and your family members sick or aggravating asthma symptoms and allergies.
But another important function of the air filter is to protect your air conditioning system. The air conditioner could not handle the potential damage of incoming debris. Though it is durable, your AC is designed to operate under certain conditions. This includes adequate filtration of air and proper airflow to the system.
When Should You Change Your Filter?
The problem with a clogged filter is that it blocks airflow to the indoor air unit. The air conditioner is designed to take in a certain amount of air. The whole system can malfunction without the proper levels coming in and parts have been known to struggle and fail because of a dirty filter.
Changing the filter every 1 – 3 months will help to keep air flowing in, get your air quality under control, and improve the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner. How often you change it depends on the condition of your system and how often you run it, so you may want to seek out a technician’s advice.
Call the VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing professionals today to learn more or to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system.