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What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Home Air Filter

Most technicians recommend that homeowners replace the air filters in their home once a month, or at least every couple of months. But many homeowners neglect this task because they don’t really see the problem. If the air quality in the home seems fine, why bother?

The Real Reason You Have an Air Filter

As it turns out, the air filter was not really designed to help with your air quality, initially. The blower fan in your AC system sucks in air to condition and send to the rooms of the house, but it can also suck in particulate. The air filter was engineered with the first forced-air systems so that it could help to keep out incoming debris that could potentially damage the blower unit and break the system.

That said, today’s air filters are certainly optimized for air quality purposes. But the most basic filters still serve the primary purpose of preventing damage, which is why you could not use your air conditioner without a filter.

The Problem with a Dirty Filter

Many people assume that when we recommend replacing air filters regularly, we do so because of a concern for the quality of the air in your home. While this does concern us, it is not our primary reason for urging this monthly task.

Dirt and debris will inevitably collect in a filter over time. All that dirt clogs up the filter, which means air cannot flow through—and that means that you cannot feel comfortable. However, your air conditioner will continue to run (and run and run and run) and bills can skyrocket in effect. That’s in addition to other issues that come with an overworked system, like an AC breakdown or a frozen coil.

Change your filter every month, and consider AC maintenance for additional protection for the system that keeps you comfortable.

AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. offers quality work for a fair price for your heating and air conditioning systems in Bluffton, GA.

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