Four Reasons to Change Your Air Conditioning Filter
It’s a little thing that makes a huge difference in your air conditioning system: the filter. Ignoring it can have serious consequences. Van Natta Mechanical are Bergen County's experts in heating and cooling and offer these important reasons to change your air conditioning filter on a regular basis.
Your System Has to Work Harder
A dirty filter makes your system work harder. The filter collects everything from dust and pollen to pet dander; when its clogged, the system has to work overtime to push air through. So it’s no surprise that a clogged air conditioning filter is the top cause of system failure. When your system has to work harder over a long period of time, it can lead to costly repairs and maintenance and even a decrease in the lifespan of your air conditioner.
Clogged filters prevent your home from cooling evenly. And although not every room is comfortable, you’re likely paying higher energy bills for the annoyance. The simple act of replacing your air filter can even out airflow throughout your house and make your entire system operate more smoothly.
Your System Could Freeze Up
When the cooled air can’t easily pass through the filter and into the home, your system runs a risk of freezing up. There are many reasons why an air conditioner might freeze up, but a clogged and dirty air filter is one of the most common reasons. In addition to being a common reason, it is also one of the easiest and least expensive issues to fix with your air conditioning system. It's worth trying a filter replacement before splurging for an expensive repair if you think the filter might be the root of the problem. You could save yourself a ton of money in both the short and long term! You should always use a high quality air filter and should ideally be replacing it every two to three months.
Growing Mold, Allergens, and Bacteria
The gunk clogging up your filter makes a perfect breeding ground for mold, allergens, and bacteria. And who wants to breathe that stuff in? Allowing these irritants to thrive in your air conditioning system can have a detrimental affect on health for you, your children, and your pets. Next time your family is getting sick or having an allergic reaction, look to your air conditioning filters for a possible solution.
Changing your air conditioning filter is simple and should be done each month, especially if you have pets. Filters are inexpensive. Considering how much money they can save on repairs, energy efficiency and trips to the allergist, there's really no reason to overlook this easy step.
In most cases, filters simply slide in by hand. Just be sure to check that you have the correct size. If you're uncomfortable changing your air conditioner's filters on your own, the HVAC professionals at Van Natta are here to help. If you'd like an HVAC professional to take a look at your entire system and get it ready for summer, Van Natta Mechanical offers full-service air conditioning maintenance.
For the rest of your air conditioning needs, rely on the Van Natta air conditioning experts. We can stop by and take a look at your system as spring begins and before you need your air conditioner in the summer months. We can fix some of the more complicated issues that may arise with your air conditioning system and our comprehensive inspections will give you the peace of mind that your system is operating properly. We offer air conditioning system maintenance, repair, replacements, and installations in addition to spray foam insulation installation to keep cold air from escaping your home and reduce your energy bills. We currently have an air conditioning special for New Jersey and New York homeowners for an air conditioning system installation. Now is the perfect time to have your air conditioning system inspected by a Van Natta Mechanical air conditioning expert so contact Van Natta or give us a call today at 201-391-3700.