If you were to ask an HVAC technician what’s the simplest way to extend the life of your air conditioning system and maintain the system’s efficiency, chances are the answer will be to change the air filters regularly. Having clean, quality air filters in your AC system is an invaluable part of maintaining not only efficiency, but also the quality of the air inside your home.
Air filters help to filter out pollutants, impurities and allergens from the air in your home. While you should change filters at least every few months, there are many factors that can affect how often you should change your air filters. Pets and indoor air quality are a major concern. You may not realize how much pollen and pet dander can get clogged in the air filters of your AC system, even after 60 days of use. Even if you don’t have pets, and clean your home regularly, you should still change your air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can always call us if you have questions or aren’t sure how often to change your air filters.
In addition to efficiency and air quality, routinely cleaning or changing filters can help extend the life of your system. Airflow is important to the operation of the entire system. When the system has to work harder to function in a normal capacity, all the components are put under additional strain. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear on your compressor, capacitor and other important parts of your AC system. In the long run, the simple procedure of changing out an inexpensive air filter can save you a lot of headaches.
Hopefully this information has given you a basic understanding of and an appreciation for the importance of the filters inside your air conditioning system. If you still have questions or want to have your AC system checked out, call one of our HVAC technician’s today. They will provide you with any further information you need.
There are a lot of things to consider when deciding to repair or replace your air conditioner. The first is the age of your system. Air conditioners can last a long time with regular maintenance and repair. If your system is only a year or two old you’ll certainly opt for repair. If you’re having trouble with an AC that is 8 or 10 years old, however, it may be worth replacing. Even if the necessary repairs are not that expensive, many of the advancements in the industry over the past decade may make it worth investing in a new system.
Before deciding to repair a damaged air conditioner, consider its efficiency. Look back at its performance and costs of operation last summer. If it wasn’t efficient at the beginning of last season, you might want to look at newer options. Look for information about the system, including its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). If your system is outdated and has a low SEER, then even with repairs it will not be capable of running as efficiently as newer models. You may be able to fix your current air conditioner for less money than you’d spend on a new system, but over time the financial benefits of a new, high efficiency machine can easily outweigh the one–time–savings of repairing an older AC.
If you do decide that your old system is ready for replacement, the next step is to talk to a qualified HVAC technician. They will be able to help you through all the steps involved in deciding on, purchasing and installing a new air conditioning system. Remember, you don’t have to stick with what you’ve had. If your old ductwork is leaky or compromised, you may want to consider a ductless system. Maybe a heat pump is right for your heating and cooling needs. With so much to consider, the best thing to do is ask the pros. Call us any time.