How Long Has It Been Since You Changed Your Air Filter?

How Long Has It Been Since You Changed Your Air Filter?

  • August 3, 2016

As your air conditioning system quietly hums along removing heat and humidity from your home, it is easy to forget that a clean air filter is a key to efficiency and comfort. A dirty filter is the number one reason that air conditioning units stop working. The hot, humid summers of North Central Texas put extra demands on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Keeping your filter clean helps keep your system working when you most need it.

 

Importance of a Clean Filter

Air conditioner filters trap airborne particulates to keep them from entering the HVAC system. For a unit to work efficiently, air must flow freely through ducts and over coils. Filters capture pollutants such as dust, animal dander, hair and insect parts. If the condenser coil becomes coated with dust or debris, the system must work harder to provide conditioned air. Eventually, the compressor will become overworked and fail.

Filters also help keep your indoor air fresh and clean by keeping particulates out of the duct system. If dust or particulates accumulate in the ducts, any increase in humidity or moisture can cause mold and bacteria to grow in the duct system.

 

How Often Should the HVAC Air Filter Be Cleaned?

Your HVAC filter should be cleaned at least every three months. However, if you live in an area with a lot of dust or other airborne pollutants, you may have to clean the filter more often. Some filters must be replaced rather than be cleaned. Seasonal air conditioning service by a professional HVAC contractor will inspect and clean or change the filter.

 

Preventive Maintenance and Seasonal Tune-Ups

Technicians at Webb’s Electric, Heating and Air Conditioning are NATE-certified to provide expert technical heating and air conditioning service. As part of our preventive maintenance and tune-up service, we clean or replace filters as needed. Seasonal tune-ups examine all elements of an HVAC system including coils, drip pans, thermostats and electrical connections. We oil all moving parts as well as check refrigerant levels and system pressure. A well-maintained system costs less to operate and keeps you comfortable throughout the year. To find out more about our maintenance program, call (903) 200-4584 to talk to one of our technicians.