If you love your HVAC unit – and would rather not spend a ton of money for frequent repairs and replacements – spend a little more time checking its filters if they need changing. This simple task will not only make your air conditioning unit more efficient and save you money from frequently calling in a professional for repairs. It would also help you ensure that the air you and your family breathe inside your home is clean and purified.
Air filters serve a very important role in the entire unit’s operations. It is what keeps the air coming in and out of the filter clean and free from dirt, dust, and other particles. These are harmful for both the air conditioning unit and the household occupants. Dirt and other air particles could damage the unit as it could block certain passages. Plus, the dirt and dust could accumulate and block passages as well as cause mold and mildew to develop.
If the air filter fails to efficiently perform its role and dirt, dust, and other air particles went through it from the air conditioning unit, it will make the air inside the house unsafe for breathing as it may cause various respiratory diseases. This is most especially true if you live with someone who has allergies.
How do I know when to change the air filters in my HVAC unit?
Generally, air filters should be replaced every one to two months for the basic types of furnaces. However, if you notice dust build throughout the house and on your air vents, you will need to change your air filters even if it’s not a month since you last replaced it.
There are some factors that will prompt you to change the air filters of your HVAC Myrtle Beach frequently. These include the following:
- You use the unit more regularly
- You have furry pet or pets
- Some members of the household smoke inside the house
- You open windows and doors regularly
- Which air filters should I use for my HVAC unit?
There are various types of air filters available in the market today. Choose one that is suitable and appropriate for the specific type of furnace that you are using.
- Basic fiberglass filter – This cheap filter is the general type and most commonly used by many household owners. It is about 1-2 inches thick. It is available everywhere and always often come in the specific size that fits your furnace. These are disposable filters and are highly recommended not to be reused.
- Disposable pleated paper filter – These are more expensive than the basic filter but they could last up to four months. Plus, they can trap smaller dirt, dust, and air particles including pollen and many other types of allergens.
- Reusable electrostatic filter – These are the most expensive among the three types of furnace filters as they could trap and remove the smallest particles in the air that comes in and out of the air conditioning unit. And the best part of using this filter is that it is a one-time investment. Simply remove it from the furnace and rinse it with a garden hose to remove everything it trapped. With proper cleaning and maintenance, you’ll be able to use this filter for years.
Seek the assistance of an HVAC professional in choosing the right air filter for your specific type of air conditioning unit. Call Air Comfort Heating & Cooling now.
Air Comfort Heating & Cooling
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