Checking the HVAC Filter

HVAC Filter

 

The HVAC filter system is an important component for your home. Make sure that you schedule the proper maintenance inspections needed for the air conditioner. If you are not sure how often this should be, we will gladly advise you on an appropriate schedule based on your home and lifestyle. Checking all the parts and components is a vital part of HVAC maintenance. Doing so will help increase the longevity and efficiency of your system in your home. It will also mean there is a decreased chance of an unexpected breakdown from occurring when you least expect it.

Cleaning the HVAC filter

The filter should be a part that you do not forget about. You can check the filter on a regular basis. Make sure it is clean and free of dirt and dust. This is typically collected from the pollutants that can be in the air of your home. If the filter is dirty, make sure that you clean it. Also know when the proper schedule is for replacing the filter for your air conditioner. You will also want to make sure that the filter is the correct brand and size that you need. Using a filter that is not designed for your air conditioner can cause issues. It will either damage the system, or it will no longer be efficient because it will not capture the pollutants.

Replace when needed

Filters are vital to help keep the air quality in your home the best it can be. Without them, the air may become stale and have a higher amount of dirt and dust. The filter will also help to keep the dust from the parts of the HVAC system. Always remember to have a filter in the system when it operates. Failure to do so can result in the parts wearing and becoming damaged much sooner than they typically would. If you need a new filter for the air conditioner, contact us so we can make sure the right one is installed.

Regular Inspections this Summer

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Having regular inspections done this summer help improve the efficiency of your air conditioner. You will stay cool while also avoiding emergency breakdowns. This also helps to save money on your energy bills. A well maintained air conditioning unit would run more efficiently, use less energy, and cost less money to run. Properly maintained systems will last longer before needing to be replaced. If you are not sure how often to inspect the air conditioner, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Importance of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Replacing your air conditioner air filter is important. If you have a reusable filter, then cleaning it is one of the most important regular maintenance. It should be done every month during high-use seasons, as well as once during the fall and spring. You can locate the filter behind the return air grille on a wall or ceiling in a central room of the house. Also inside the blower compartment of the air handler, or in a slot on the side, bottom, or top of your system. When the filter becomes full of dirt, dust, or other air pollutants, the airflow will decrease. This will make your system work harder than it should have to. The air flowing through your system may also become dirtier, dustier, and prone to triggering allergy and asthma symptoms.

System inspections

Before the air conditioner is worked on, make sure to turn off the unit. Do this at the service disconnect on your outdoor unit or at the main breaker panel of your home. Then the access panel should be removed on the condensing unit and see if you see any signs of overheating. This can included melted insulation on wires, blackened or burned-looking wires.

Also do inspections for the thermostat to make sure it’s working properly and keeps your home at the right temperature. If you have an older thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading to a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature higher when no one is home. It also will cool the house down about 30 minutes before people arrive home for the evening. That way you will always have a comfortable home waiting for you. You will also save energy and money by not having your air conditioner running all day when no one is at home.

Over time leaves, dirt, grass clippings and the like will build up on the outside of the air conditioner unit. This results in decreasing system capacity and reducing airflow. Regular inspections can help improve the efficiency of the air conditioning unit.

 

The Air Conditioning Filter for your Home

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Knowing when to change the filter for your air conditioner in your home is important. Several factors determine when your filters need to be changed. The main thing to remember is if it looks dirty, change it immediately. You should not wait until the filter is completely clogged, because that means your cooling system is not running at its full potential.

Type of Filter

One of the main indicators how often you need to change the filter in your home is what type of filter you buy.  Filters vary from each other in several ways. This is based on what materials they’re made with, if they are pleated or panel, the thickness, and other variations. The filter should be replaced based on the recommend schedule it has. Some can be changed monthly, while others can last several months. If you are not sure how often to change it, contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Those in your Home

Another main factor in how often you should change the filter is based on who is living in the home. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, the filter should be changed more often than recommended. This will help remove more of the allergens from the air in your home. If the filter is full and dirty, it won’t be able to trap them.

Do you have Pets?

Another occupant to consider when deciding how soon filters need to be changed is any pets that you have in your home. Most household pets shed, and their hair and dander gets everywhere. This includes the air and filters in your home. Over time, this will alter the performance of your cooling system. If you have several pets, you may need to change the filter more often. Also, depending on the time of the year, you will have to adjust when you change the filter. Your pets will shed more in during the summer, so you may have to check the filters more often.

Replacing a dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy use by as much as 10 percent. Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but it also can save you money on your cooling system. A dirty filter can restrict the air flow through the system, causing the air conditioner to work harder. This will cause wear and can create issues that possibly require repairs. It also leads to continuous wear and can lower the lifespan of the air conditioner.