Air Conditioning Filters: Why They Should Be Clean

September 7, 2012

September’s here, but the heat of summer isn’t gone yet, and people are still using their air conditioning systems well into the fall. But are you using it well? A lot of the time, we notice many problems with our customers’ air conditioning filters when they call us for repairs. Here are a few tips to keep in mind about your air conditioning filters, and how you can prevent many common household problems.

What Is an Air Conditioning Filter?

The air conditioning filter is perhaps one of the most important components to your air conditioning system.  It is responsible for keeping the air that circulates in your home, as well as in the AC itself, clean!

The filter removes many of the impurities and dust particles that would otherwise be in the air you breathe. The filter improves the general quality of the air in your home, making it easier to breathe and to get better air! The air conditioning filter is also important for the AC system as a whole, preventing dust and other indoor contaminants from settling on the evaporator coil, reducing its efficiency and effectiveness—not to mention the fact that clogged and dirty air filters inhibit the flow of air through your home and can lead to a frozen or broken air conditioner.

The Dangers of a Dirty Air Conditioning Filter

Ever have that feeling that no matter how low you turn your thermostat, your house never seems cold? Before you call for air conditioner service, check your filter! A dirty air conditioning filter is one of the most common problems many people have with their air conditioning systems. When the filter is dirty, it makes the entire system work harder and use more energy to create that same result. Over time, the overall quality of your air conditioning system could suffer as a whole, causing permanent damage!

Besides what can happen to your air conditioning system, a dirty filter can also aggravate certain allergies and illnesses. People will allergies or other kinds of sensitivities often notice how their symptoms worsen around a poor cooling system and specifically a dirty air conditioning filter. Therefore, air conditioning filters can affect both the system itself as well as your health and overall well-being.

What to Do When you Have a Dirty Air Conditioning Filter

So your air conditioning filter is dirty. Now what? Of course, the first thing you should do is replace your filters so you can start enjoying the benefits of clean, filtered air right away! If you’re not sure how to do this, just contact the helpful staff at Rick’s Heating & Cooling, and we’ll give you a hand. To ensure clogged and dirty air filters are never a problem again, remember to:

  • Replace your filter on a regular basis – in order to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency, you should replace your filter every one to three months. You wouldn’t wait until your kitchen floor was completely destroyed and filthy to clean it right? Have the same attitude towards your air conditioning filter. By adopting this preventative mindset, you’ll be much happier overall.
  • Monitor the performance of your air conditioning system – if you notice a sudden drop in performance, call Rick’s Heating & Cooling as soon as possible. This could indicate a serious problem with the AC, so you should try to take care of it before it causes permanent damage to your air conditioning system.

If you need help with your Cincinnati air conditioning system, don’t hesitate to contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling today!