Air Filters | Air Conditioning Service
Maintenance is essential for a properly operating HVAC system, and nothing is simpler than changing the air filter. Routine filter changes, an annual furnace tune-up, and annual air conditioning service, will ensure your home’s system provides peak performance and a longer lifespan.
Filter changes help to maintain a clean, trouble free system. The frequency of filter changes will vary depending upon the type of filter your home’s system uses, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Otherwise, change the filter each month.
The air filter protects the HVAC system from dust and damaging particulates. Dirty filters block normal airflow, and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. Inadequate airflow causes the system to struggle for air, and can result in damage, including the compressor. Compressor failure is a frequent reason for new heating and air conditioning installation. It is far less costly to provide air conditioning service annually, than to replace a compressor or purchase a new HVAC system.
Furthermore, a dirty filter sacrifices efficiency and performance, resulting in higher energy costs with a loss of up to 15% efficiency. A filter helps to keep these key components clean for long lasting performance.
In addition, routine air filter changes provide cleaner, fresher, healthier air throughout the home. While the filter cannot clean as effectively as an air purification system does, it removes dust, dust mites, pollen and other particulates from the air circulating in the home.
It is essential to use the appropriate filter to avoid potential damage to your HVAC system. A high-grade filter is not always better. There are various grades of air filters, and a higher grade may damage the system due to its efforts to draw air through it. This can result in overheating, and the need for air conditioning service. If you are uncertain of the appropriate filter for your system, contact the manufacturer, or give us a call.
Choose a specific day for filter change/check day. If any of the following apply to your household, an increased frequency of changes may be required:
- A family member with allergies, asthma, COPD, or other respiratory issues require cleaner air.
- Pet dander and hair will increase the amount of dust in the household.
- Use of a fireplace or wood heater increases dust and smoke particulates.
- In the spring, high outdoor pollen counts can enter the home. Construction or nearby industry, parking lots and roads can increase the amount of dust in the air.
- A smoker in the home calls for increased filter changes.
If any of these conditions are relevant to your home, check the filter every 2 weeks and change as required, but no less than once per month for optimal performance and the protection of your HVAC system.
In addition to filter changes, routine annual heating and air conditioning service will ensure the longevity, performance and efficiency of the HVAC system.
Also, keep the area near the outdoor condenser unit clean. Leaves, grass clippings, and the lawn mower are potential sources of dirt and debris. Maintain a minimal distance of 2 feet between the condenser and plants to allow for adequate airflow.
Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule air conditioning service. Our certified technicians offer experience and expertise for providing maintenance, installation and heating and air conditioning repair in Katy. If you have questions regarding your system’s air filter give us a call. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.