Air Filters | Air Conditioning Service
When it comes to your home’s heating and air conditioning system, you want it to last as long as possible, and to perform optimally in order to save you money on energy. The homeowner has two responsibility’s in ensuring both – providing routine filter changes, and ensuring annual heating and air conditioning service by your HVAC technician.
Filters assist in providing cleaner air in your home, though its actual purpose is to keep the HVAC system clean and trouble free. The recommended type of filter and the frequency of filter changes are dependent upon the type of filter the system uses, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. Otherwise, change the filter each month to reduce wear and tear, and prevent an increased need for air conditioning service.
Air filters capture dust and grit that can potentially damage the home’s heating and air conditioning system. In addition, excessively dirty filters block normal airflow to the system, and reduce its efficiency by as much as 15%. Inadequate airflow places the system in a strain, resulting in premature wear, and can result in damage to components including the compressor.
Compressor failure is a common 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.
The air filter “cleans” the air moving through it, and depending upon the type of filter used, can remove dust, dust mites, pollen and other contaminates from the air. Air filters are not “one-type-fits-all”. For example, a system able to use a HEPA filter is designed to do so efficiently without risking damage. Other systems may not be engineered to draw air through a HEPA filter, and can result in premature wear and tear, and/or damage to your system.
These are reasons to ensure you are using the appropriate filter for your system. If you are uncertain of the necessary filter, or if your system can benefit from the use of a HEPA, contact the system’s manufacturer.
While the recommended frequency of filter changes or cleaning varies, any filter may require an increased frequency under specific circumstances, such as the following:
- Remodeling of the home or nearby construction resulting in an increase of dust
- Pets in the home will increase dust and dander
- The use of a fireplace or wood heater will increase dust and particulates
- High pollen counts in the spring can cause the need for an increased frequency of filter changes or cleaning
- A smoker in the home results in the need for more frequent changes, ask them to smoke outside
- A family member with allergies, asthma, COPD, or other respiratory issues require cleaner air
If any of these are relevant to your home, check the filter every 2 weeks and change/clean as required, but no less than once per month.
Remember, annual heating and air conditioning service by a certified HVAC technician will ensure the lifespan, optimal performance and efficiency of the heating and air conditioning system.
Furthermore, the area surrounding the outdoor condenser should be clean and free of clutter. 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 and prevent damage.
Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule air conditioning service. Our certified technicians offer experience and expertise for your HVAC needs. 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.