If you live in a warm climate, you likely place a high value on the reliability and effectiveness of your home’s cooling system. However, it’s easy to let simple maintenance procedures fall to the wayside. This type of lapse leads to too many homeowners failing to give their air conditioning systems the attention these systems need to thrive. While scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance is certainly the most important step to keep your AC system working smoothly, it’s important to remember that your air filter must be changed more than once a year. You cannot simply leave the task to your HVAC maintenance technician. Read on to learn a bit more about how a dirty air filter can negatively affect your air conditioning system as well as your health.
Is a Clean Air Filter Really that Important?
Yes. If your air filter is clogged up with dirt and debris, there is no way in which you can expect your air conditioner to function at peak performance or efficiency levels. When your filter is clogged, your air conditioner is going to have to work harder than it should have to in order to distribute air throughout your home and through the filter itself. This excess strain can drive down your energy efficiency, leaving you paying higher energy costs despite a reduction in efficacy.
Plus, this excessive strain on your air conditioner leads to excessive, and unnecessary, wear and tear. This, in turn, will lead to an increased risk of operational problems, damages, and breakdowns. For example, an evaporator coil draws heat out of the air using the refrigerant cycle. If the airflow is insufficient, your evaporator coil may ice up. This can easily turn a small problem into disastrous consequences if the AC shuts down entirely or becomes inoperable.
Give the experts at Goettl a call to discuss our air conditioner maintenance options. Schedule your AC maintenance services with Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.