Signs You Need to Change Your AC Filter

August 30, 2014

Air conditioning filters that are clogged with dirt, dust, or debris not only pose a threat to the cleanliness and health of the air in your home. A clogged, or blocked, filter poses a threat to your entire HVAC system by placing an undue amount of stress and strain on the components of your air conditioner. The debris blocking your filter can become so thick and dense that it impedes air flow and circulation. Your AC then has to work that much harder to force the air through and, in doing so, will drive up your power bills, shorten the life of your system, and create a potential fire-hazard.

Rick’s Heating & Cooling has been providing quality AC service and repair throughout the Warren County, Ohio area since 1986. To schedule AC repair or an inspection of your filters, contact us today or keep reading to learn the signs that you need to change your AC filter.

Does Your AC Filter Need Replacing?

Changing your AC filter is neither costly, complicated, nor time-consuming. The reason many homeowners neglect this simple task is because it just slips their mind. After enjoying that “open window” Ohio spring weather, you suddenly need to kick on the AC come June, July, and August. Surely one day running your air conditioner with an old filter won’t hurt. But one day turns into several and soon your indoor air is a little stale, and your AC is running constantly without cooling. Once you swap filters, the air is cool and clean again.

Signs You Need a New AC Filter

Decreased Air Quality

A dirty air filter means more dust in the air.  For those with breathing problems, such as asthma or COPD, this can be a dangerous health hazard. For others who notice a scratchy throat, itchy eyes and congestion, especially upon waking, it may be time to change your filter.

A Rise in Power Bills

Have you noticed your monthly energy bill has gone up, or your system seems to run on without really noticing that your home is much cooler? Replace your filter. If changing your filter doesn’t help, contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling right away.  Your cooling system may require service.

An Increase in Household Dust

If your “dust bunnies” are multiplying and your dust rag is worn out, you probably need a replacement AC filter. A dirty filter creates dust in the air, which settles on furniture and throughout your home. Changing your filter will mean less dusting, and an end to those dust bunnies hiding beneath your couch.

Schedule Central Ohio Air Conditioner Services

Keeping your cooling system running efficiently running all summer is important to the lifespan of your HVAC system. Regular maintenance is key. Change your AC filter every 30-90 days for optimum performance, and rely on Rick’s Heating & Cooling for regular maintenance and scheduled tune-ups for your HVAC system.

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