When an air conditioning (AC) filter is not cleaned or replaced regularly, it can cause a buildup of dirt and debris. This buildup can restrict the flow of cold air, resulting in ice formation on the evaporator coils. This can lead to leaks, damage to other parts of the unit, and higher than normal utility bills. To avoid these issues, it is important to clean or replace the filter regularly.
A dirty filter restricts the flow of cold air, which can cause it to build up inside the air conditioner. This can result in ice formation on the evaporator coils. Frozen evaporator coils can cause leaks or damage other parts of the unit. A clogged air filter also makes it difficult for the unit to function properly, resulting in a strain on the motors and an increase in energy consumption.
The Department of Energy estimates that a clogged filter can cause a 15% increase in energy consumption. To ensure a long and energy efficient service life, it is important to clean or replace the filter regularly. The type of filter used will determine how often it needs to be cleaned or replaced. Fine-mesh high-energy particulate air (HEPA) filters are the only types of filters that can trap particles and mold spores. To clean a reusable air filter, remove it from the AC unit and rinse it in a tub or sink with warm water.
If you have never changed your AC filter before, it is best to have an HVAC technician do it for you the first time. Advanced filters can last longer between cleanings and replacements, so check with the manufacturer for a recommended program. When you change your AC filter every month during peak cooling season, you can save about 15% each month on utilities, as well as avoid repair problems due to airflow restrictions. If your central AC unit hasn't worked as it should lately, a dirty air filter may be the culprit. At Ambient Edge, we understand how important it is to keep your AC filter clean and replaced regularly. Our experienced maintenance team can install a new one so that you don't risk damaging the finesse of the filter.
Come to Ambient Edge today and enjoy that sweeter, cleaner and fresher air once again.