The air filter is a part of every air conditioning system: a screen that filters the dirt and dust out of the air as it moves through the ducts. Central Florida can feature a lot of pollen in the air and other contaminants as well. For those who need more extensive protection, you can have an electronic air filter installed that can cover any and all dirt and dust that creeps into your ducts. For the rest, make sure you clean or replace your filter regularly in order to keep it from clogging. Proper air filtration is a big benefit to the quality of your indoor air, but it can also benefit your air conditioner more directly. Here’s how.
Dust Causes Problems with Your AC
An air conditioner’s individual components work best when they stay clean. When dust gets on moving parts, it can increase the friction: reducing efficiency and raising the risk of a breakdown. Furthermore, when dust coats the evaporator coils, it creates a barrier between the refrigerant and the air it needs to cool. The same holds true with the condenser coils, which release heat from the system and can be disrupted when they get dirty. Keeping your filter clean can go a long way towards stopping those problems flat.
Air Flow Can Be Reduced
If you don’t change your filter regularly and/or have an electronic filter, the build-up on it can slow the flow of air through your system. As a result, your air conditioner will take longer to do its job, which will raise your monthly energy bills. Furthermore, the added strain can increase the chances of a more serious breakdown. Taking five minutes to change or clean the filter once a month can end up saving you a great deal in preventable repairs.
Call Downtown Air & Heat for repair and replacement services for your air conditioner.