Make the Most of Your AC’s Performance & Efficiency
When your AC system breaks down or starts making strange noises, it’s generally a pretty obvious choice to bring in someone to help. When your system is working properly, however, it can sometimes be more difficult to remember the maintenance that keeps it in good condition. In the case of air conditioners, one of the most important things a homeowner can do is ensure that the air filter is changed or cleaned on a regular schedule. This is particularly important during the summer months when your system is running more or less constantly.
When you keep your AC’s air filters clean, you can expect benefits such as:
Improved Energy Efficiency
Though it may not always seem like it, air conditioning systems are designed with a great deal of precision. This means that they work extremely well as designed, but lose efficiency and effectiveness quickly when parts start to move out of place. This is something like dominoes – with a straight line of dominoes, they are most likely going to fall even if things are a bit out of place, but the more complex the design becomes, the more important it is that every single domino be placed exactly where it needs to be.
Your AC works the same way. When your air filter is clogged with dust and debris, it has to work harder to reach the desired temperature and things are going to start causing problems. The resulting imbalance can also cause uneven temperatures and airflow throughout the home. When you keep the air filter clean, it allows the system to work exactly as intended – and can represent a savings of as much as 15% on your energy costs.
Extended System Lifespan
In discussions of any system with moving parts, improvements in efficiency is always going to go hand in hand with improvements in longevity. A clogged air filter will cause a chain reaction of various other parts of the system compensating for flagging performance which they were not designed to handle. If you keep the air filter clean, you are ensuring that every part is operating as it should, meaning it will take much longer for wear and tear to eventually take hold. It is also worth noting that a filter with lots of dust and debris in your ducts can pose a real risk of fire that puts your family in unnecessary danger.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
It is the entire purpose of the air filter to take dust and debris out of the air and keep it from circulating throughout the house. If the filter is full to bursting already, it cannot perform this function, and more dust is going to end up in your air and in your lungs. It is particularly important to pay attention to your air filters if you or someone in the home suffers from chronic respiratory issues, as having clean air can be hugely beneficial to their quality of life.
Reduced Impact on the Environment
The less energy you use with your efficient and well-maintained AC system, the less your local utility company needs to provide. Given the extraordinary increase of demand that occurs in the summer, every little bit is helpful to keep your community powered and comfortable for everyone.