Summer’s here and temperatures are on the rise…which usually means a rise in electric bills, too. But residents can save energy and money this summer with one simple and inexpensive tip: replace your air conditioner filters monthly.
Fight Summer Heat with Clean Air Conditioner Filters
Disposable air conditioner filters should be changed monthly during the cooling season (or more often if you run your AC a lot or live with a smoker). For best performance, washable AC filters should be cleaned twice a month and changed out every three to six months depending on usage.
Here are just a couple benefits of proper air conditioner filter maintenance.
Since indoor air is often 3 to 5 times dirtier than the outside air, one of your best defenses is a clean air filter.
We all probably realize that dust and pet hair can easily clog air filters. But there are plenty of other things you may not even realize are affecting your air quality such as fibers in jeans, aerosol from hairspray and deodorants, pollen, mold, and even brake dust from traffic around your home.
These allergens and particles can end up in your system causing your family health problems from respiratory infections, asthma, sore throats and sinus infections.
Prevent a Breakdown
This time of year, all too often we see AC units overwork themselves because of dirty air filters. Replacing your air conditioning filter regularly can help keep your system running smoothly, improve air flow year-round and prevent the buildup of mold, dust and other allergens.
A clogged and dirty AC filter significantly reduces air flow which increases the amount of time your HVAC system has to run. Since the AC filter’s primary job is to keep dust and other contaminants from collecting on the evaporator coil and other internal components, if it’s not maintained, this dirt can collect on the various moving parts of your blower motor and fan, which decreases its effectiveness.
Whether you have central air conditioning or room air conditioners, keeping the air filters clean can lower your AC unit’s electricity use by 5 percent to 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Ultimately a clean filter reduces the stress on your air conditioning unit and saves you money in the long run.
Clean Air Conditioner Filters Help You Stay Ahead of Problems
The Department of Energy says a clogged filter can increase your power bill by fifteen percent. Stay ahead of the problems by setting up a calendar alert on your phone as a reminder to replace air filters monthly and set up air conditioner system maintenance twice a year. Air filters can handle different loads of dust accumulation and other pollutants. Find out from your HVAC professional how often your air filter should be changed.
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Keeping you and your family comfortable all year round is central to our business. That’s why, here at Lawes Heating and Cooling Company NJ, we provide certified oil and gas burner technicians, and air conditioning technicians available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. View our service plans and give us a call with any questions at 732-741-6300.