When is the last time you changed your cooling system’s air filter? Did you even know that your air conditioning system has a filter? Upon installation your AC system has an air filter that protects the inside components from dust, dirt and other debris that could cause damage to the various components within your system.
Ensuring that your air filter is in good shape is a vitally important part of maintaining the health of your entire system. Keep reading to learn more about this air filter, and what can happen if you don’t change your air filter at least every 3 months.
The Air Filter
Your cooling system’s air filter is made of a closely woven fiber mesh, and sits in your system’s air return vents. Any air that flows into your air conditioning system must pass through this filter, and any contaminants that are carried by that airflow will become trapped within the fibers.
When you change or clean your air filter every 3 months—more often if you have significant contaminants in your home such as pet dander or cigarette smoke—then you are allowing air to continue to flow into the air conditioner without obstructing air flow. If you ignore this very important task however, then you can run into a number of problems.
What Problems Could I Face?
If you neglect your air filter, it will eventually become overly clogged with debris. This prevents enough air from reaching the air conditioning system. The main problem this causes is that the air temperature around the coil will drop. This results in ice development on the coil, preventing it from being able to siphon enough thermal energy from your home’s air.
Consequently, your system’s output will decline and your entire system will eventually breakdown if not addressed. Your air filter is a component that is checked on during professional maintenance, however your maintenance appointment is only once a year, which is not often enough for an air filter change or cleaning.
For more air conditioning tips and to schedule air conditioning services in Destin, FL, contact Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. today.