When it comes to air conditioner performance, perhaps no single part has
a bigger influence than your air filter. A dirty air filter will not only
prevent your system from running optimally but also lead to an increase
in breakdowns and increased repair and maintenance costs to accompany
a shorter system lifespan. Normally, you should be changing your filter
at least twice per year, but certain factors could increase the frequency
with which you should be changing your filter out. Here are a few of these factors.
A system that isn’t used won’t ever need its filter replaced,
which also means the opposite is true: the more you use it, the more often
you’ll have to change your filter. During the peak of summer when
you have your air conditioner blasting for many hours each day, your air
filter is going to have to strain out a lot of air, which means you’ll
have to replace the filter quite frequently.
A large family is going to track more dirt, dust, and air quality-reducing
hazards into your home, prompting your air filter to need to work even
harder. Generally, a single person living alone in a small space won’t
need to change their filter nearly as often as a family of four who live
in a larger home.
Own a dog or a cat? While they’re just as important of a member of
your family, they’re also a huge addition to the burden placed on
your air filter. Pets shed, causing hair to become trapped in carpeting,
rugs, and clothes, which also means it will get caught in your air filter.
Pet dander and dust also increase significantly, resulting in the need
to change your air filter with more frequency.
Smoking releases all sorts of odors and other airborne micro particles
into your home where your air filter will be asked to clean them out.
Whether it’s small pieces of ash or even just smoke odors, your
air filter will clog up much faster if you smoke inside. This holds true
for all types of smoking, including cigarettes, pipes, electronic cigarettes, and more.
What type of air filter you use will also greatly influence how often you
need to replace it. A lower filtration grade means your filter won’t
remove quite as much in the way of particles from the air, which means
you won’t have to change your filter as often. However, a high-level
filter will remove much more, which means it’ll also need to be
replaced more often. For this reason, it may not necessarily be a wise
investment to buy HEPA or hospital-grade air filters unless you have severe
allergies or suffer from serious asthma.
Call a Palm Beach County air conditioning expert from Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC at (888) 660-4337 if you’re experiencing
issues with your heater or air conditioner.