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Don’t Leave a Dirty Air Filter in Your AC

man-with-filterIf you have visited this blog before, then you have likely seen us talking about just how important it is to schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioning system. If not, let us summarize—you need to schedule routine maintenance for your air conditioning system! That being said, while professional annual maintenance is a must, there is actually one very important maintenance task that you can and should handle on your own. That is changing your air filter.

We know that it may sound inconsequential, but trust us when we say that changing your air filter regularly is literally one of the best and most important things that you can do for your home cooling system. In today’s post, we are going to explore just why this is a little bit further. So read on, and let a member of our team know if you have any questions regarding how to change your air filter or which filter to use.

How Does a Dirty Air Filter Affect My Air Conditioning System?

Okay, so we’ve told you that it is important to keep a fresh air filter in your AC. But why? Is it really that big of a deal to let the air filter go unchanged for the bulk of the year? Yes, it really is.

When you blow through a straw, it is a lot harder to force air through that straw if it is crimped in the middle, right? Well, the same holds true for an air filter that is very dirty. When the air filter is dirty, the air conditioner is going to have to work harder than it should in order to force air through that filter. That leads to increased energy consumption as the system struggles to cool your home, and that leads to higher energy costs.

You know what is even worse than paying too much to cool your home, though? Paying too much to cool your home with subpar results! Again, this is the risk that you take when you fail to change your air filter as needed. If your air filter is very dirty, the system can start to overheat. That leads to short cycling, as the system shuts down prematurely in order to avoid suffering damages. That will really limit its ability to cool your home in an effective manner.

Finally, there is the fact that forcing your air conditioner to work with a very dirty air filter in place also makes it much more likely that you’ll encounter the need for air conditioning repair in Naperville, IL. When you put strain of this kind on your system by leaving a dirty air filter in place, that wear and tear is going to take its toll over time. For just a few dollars and a few minutes of elbow grease, you can have a new filter in place to help your system truly succeed. That way, you can live in the comfort that you deserve without creating problems for your system.

Schedule your AC services with DuAll Heating & Cooling.

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