If you have noticed your air conditioner under-performing lately, there could be an incredibly simple solution: change your air filter. Though most homeowners know that their filters should be replaced regularly, it can be difficult to remember. However, there are many benefits that come from staying on top of it.
Regularly replacing your air filters will prevent a large amount of dust and other filtered debris from forming a thick screen across the filter. This screen makes it harder for air to push through and will affect the comfort you feel in your home. You will probably notice yourself setting the thermometer lower and lower just to try to create a comfortable level in your home. This spike in energy use drives up your energy costs, something you don’t want when you are using your cooling equipment as extensively as Arizonians do during the summer. You can make the task a little easier to remember for yourself by always doing it on the first of the month.
In addition to helping you stay more energy-efficient, changing your air filter will also help improve the quality of your indoor air. A filthy filter will not be able to effectively catch pollutants from your air, and they will get recirculated throughout your house. A fresh filter will work as it should and capture a high percentage of the microscopic pollutants entering your air system.
Some filters are designed to be washed rather than periodically replaced. It is important that you read the manufacturer’s recommendations to make sure you are using the right method. If you wash a filter that is meant to be replaced, you can damage it and cause it to be less efficient.
For more information about air filters and how they influence your comfort and energy savings, contact Cooper Climate Control today.