It's a very common question people search online. Believe it or not, something as simple as a dirty filter could be what’s causing your air conditioner not to blow hard. Without getting too detailed, a dirty air filter makes it hard for air to enter into your AC system, which means you’ll be feeling low airflow.
What's Air Filter? There's An Air Filter? We hope you're not in that category. In fact, one of the TOP 12 Questions homeowners ask is "Where Is My Filter". A common question we ask homeowners when we meet them for the first time is, "how often do you change your furnace filter (air filter)?"
Make Air Filter Changes A Priority
Proper air flow in your home is very important. Simply put: the heating and cooling system MUST have a good, unrestricted volume of circulating air to be effective. If in any way the system is staved of air flow, the system's efficiency drops.
The most common culprit is your air filter. The system's air filter is a very simple and harmless looking device but it is the #1 cause of problems with your air conditioner and tough on energy consumption increasing your energy bills. Just being present in the system, the filter inherently blocks air up to 9% - 12% new. Over time, the trapped contaminants build up on the filter, restricting airflow and the filter’s ability to remove new pollutants from your indoor air.
And that can rise to 50% and higher when loaded with debris. The same is true for dirty air ducts, registers and part of the AC unit called the coil. Dirty filters and clogged evaporator coils can also be major obstructions to airflow.
Clogged Air Filters Can Lead To Many HVAC Problems
It is recommended that you change your filter according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule, though depending on the conditions of your home as well as the outdoor air quality, you may find it necessary to do so more frequently. Standard 1-inch filters need to be changed every 1 to 3 months, while high-efficiency filters should be changed approximately every 6 to 9 months. Staying on top of furnace filter changes will positively affect the health of your family and your HVAC system by improving your indoor air quality.
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The cost each month of doing it is pretty nominal; but the 'dirt-prevention' benefit is worth it. It far outweighs the cost of changing them each month. (Of course we're talking about the typical 1" filter which are pretty cheap)