Clean Air Filters: More Important Than You Think in Arizona
Your HVAC system may be out of sight, tucked away in your ceilings and walls and inside small closets, but it is truly a major part of the health of your home. Imagine you walked into a room filled with smoke, dust, and mildew. You would likely try to hold your breath to not fill your lungs with that unhealthy, lung-harming air.
Inside your home, your HVAC system operates much like your lungs do, taking in and pushing out air. That is why the ‘V’ in HVAC stands for ventilation; your HVAC unit is designed to fill your home with clean, refreshing air whether that air is cold or warm.
The air filter lies at the heart of any HVAC unit, straining to catch everything that blows through your air system so that those unwanted particles do not reenter your home’s airflow. If you are not keeping your air filter clean, then you are doing both your HVAC system and your own health a grave disservice.
It is easy to forget about our air filters. They are tucked away inside a machine that is likely located inside a closet. Not only are they out of our sight, but they make no sound, have no odor, and don’t call our attention to them in any way.
Because those air filters are out of sight and out of mind, they can go from clean and new to filthy and unhealthy without you even knowing it. Worst still, a neglected air conditioner filter can lead to a whole host of problems for your home’s air quality and may even compromise your A/C.
The first thing to know about your air conditioner’s efficiency is that it requires all components to be working properly in order to function at well as it should to reach the desired home temperature. No matter how clean your home is, your air conditioner’s filter is loaded with dust and small debris, especially if you are a desert dweller.
For the price of a clean and regularly changed air filter (usually just a few dollars each month), you can save a whole lot of money on your energy bills. A clogged and dirty air filter forces your A/C to work overtime, driving up energy use and, in turn, your monthly energy costs.
Compromised Air Quality
Air conditioner filters are designed to capture all of the dust, pet hair, and debris that enters your home’s air, most of which comes in from outside. Pollutants, mold and fungus particles, allergens, and bacteria will all become trapped in your home’s air filter. Once it is completely clogged, additional loose particles can find their way into home’s air and that can mean serious trouble for anyone in your home who may suffer from allergies, asthma, or a respiratory condition.
Coils Can Freeze
If you have ever had to have an emergency repair during the blistering summer months, you have probably had an HVAC repair person talk to you about frozen coils. A common reason for A/C failure, frozen coils occur when cool air builds up on the condenser and evaporator coils, forcing the unit to freeze.
A dirty air filter can be to blame, as once the filter is too clogged to allow air to flow through it, it can trap that cool air inside your system, causing the frost buildup.
To avoid these common problems with air filters, be sure to set a reminder, whether on a calendar, via an alarm on your phone – whatever works best for you – to change your air conditioner’s air filter every one to three months, depending on the quality and specifics of the filter you’ve chosen.
If you need help changing your filter or want to sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan with a professional A/C service who will ensure your air conditioner is working and your air filters are clean all year long.