Almost every single air conditioning system will contain a vital, yet simple, piece of equipment called the air filter. This filter works to keep both the air conditioning system and the indoor air clean. Its maintenance is essential to maintaining good indoor air quality as well as extending the lifetime of your AC system.
As the filter does its job, it sifts out airborne debris and particles. This process increases the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning process but only to an extent. Once dirty, the filter must be cleaned or replaced, depending on the kind used, or else the dirty filter will increase the air resistance and hinder proper airflow. The rate at which an air filter becomes dirty depends on many factors in your home such as the presence of pets, smoking, dusty environment, size of the filter, among others.
Improper maintenance, or lack thereof, on the air filter is the leading contributor of AC damage. Don’t let this happen to you. Taking care of the air filter is simple and inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost and hassle of repairs or replacement of your entire air conditioning system.