Why Changing Your AC Filter Is A Must

Why Changing Your AC Filter Is A Must

We can hope that every homeowner who has an AC system knows that regular maintenance is important to keep the unit at its highest efficiency and performance.  However, many still neglect their AC’s care instructions and don’t realize they are adding hundreds of dollars to their energy bill and upkeep when they fail to do their share of home diligence.

For all that cooling comfort your AC provides you with, you can repay it back by changing its filter in a timely manner, at least every quarter of the year.  As its name suggests, an air conditioner filter literally filters your air by blocking both small particles like dust mites, mold spores, lint, hair, and large debris alike to save your AC from being damaged unnecessarily.  

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You can’t escape the dirt, it’s pretty much hiding in plain sight on every nook and cranny of your space.  Although the filter is tasked to prevent dirt by catching it, it’s important to recognize that it needs cleaning itself, too.

As far as ac filter replacement is concerned, you must know that filters vary according to its MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating which ranges from 1 to 16.  It is a measure of how your filter is able to get rid of particles in the air.  A MERV rating of 7 is the least you can have for your air filter which is often made with pleated paper or cloth, while higher numbers mean better air filtration.  Beyond 16, you then get a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) type of filter.

Why you would not want a dirty ac filter

Monthly ac filter change is recommended during peak months when you have high AC usage. Overwhelming dirt that sticks to the filter will eventually obstruct the air that is brought inside, causing your air conditioning to turn up its workload of cooling your space.  Clogged filters will result in reduced airflow, thereby affecting the comfort level of the home occupants.  This situation can also cause your unit to either overheat or freeze up, which is not a desirable scenario. 

When you continue to use a dirty air filter, the contaminants will also accumulate in your ductwork which will essentially cause your system to malfunction.  It has been noted that indoor air quality can be far worse than the air outdoors if you fail to change a dirty filter.  Thus, regular air conditioner filter replacement is a key practice that will not only maintain the air quality but also prolong the lifespan of your unit.  After all, this endeavor won’t cost you that much to be burdensome and can even be accomplished in a jiffy.

Here are more detailed reasons why we are making a case for prompt air filter replacement for your AC

For air that’s much cleaner

When you observe proper AC maintenance by replacing its filter regularly, your room will not just smell clean, but will actually give you cleaner indoor air.   Otherwise, the air in your room will stagnate, causing unpleasant odors, moisture, dust, and other particulates to just sit on your carpet or other surfaces.  It matters that your family, especially kids and older family members, or anyone in your household with respiratory issues, can breathe quality air with fewer allergens, pollen, and dust.  Imagine inhaling dust and debris in a contained space. Even relatively healthy occupants may develop adverse symptoms such as eye irritation, fatigue, headaches, or asthma when exposed to polluted indoor air.  

It is safe to say that clean air circulated by your AC system will help in maintaining one’s good health. You will find yourself dusting less when your AC filter is in tiptop condition.  Moreover, this will make for a quieter operation as typically dust and debris that get in your AC will make unwanted noises that can be disruptive to your sleep.

For extra dollars saved in your pocket

We have stressed the benefit of having cleaner air when you change the filter as needed.  As this happens, you allow your air conditioning system to perform in its most efficient manner and counteract the effects of wear and tear.  In other words, it will put less strain on your unit such that less energy will be consumed in the process.  For sure, you wouldn’t want to spend your hard-earned money for nothing.  Diligent replacement of AC filters would mean a significant reduction in your utility bills by up to 15%, as stated by the US Department of Energy, which otherwise will be costly to the homeowner.  

For prolonged lifespan of your HVAC system

An AC system is quite an investment; you’ll spend at least 3500 dollars to get a modest unit, and can run up to 7,000 for those with higher horsepower and advanced features.  Needless to say, you have to take care of your AC so you can stretch its age up to 20 years.  One of the things that will help your unit get there is by dutifully changing its filter.  This simple chore can not only add more years of usage to your air conditioning but also maintain it in good form.

For reduced breakdowns

With regular filter replacement, it minimizes breakdown incidents which can hamper your comfort, especially if it happens in the middle of a summer night, or worse, a heatwave.  You must change the filter more often if you have resident pets whose fur can quickly clog it if left unchecked. A filter that’s filthy will only increase your AC’s run time while doing very little to improve your room temperature.

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Trust that you can count on us to keep your air conditioning systems in great shape.  Our expert technician will inspect your HVAC unit with the utmost care to address any underlying issues so that everything will be in excellent working order once it is serviced.  We check electrical connections, quality of air produced, and thermostat accuracy. Other diagnostic services we provide pertain to temperature split, refrigerant levels, pressure, motor, compressor, condenser coils, drain channels, contactors, capacitors, safety switches, among many things.  

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sunday bradlee
Hilmi is polite, professional and knowledgable. I have found this company always provides excellent service.
Mark Keller
Mark Keller
Nicholas was just AWESOME !!!! Very knowledgeable and answered every question I had (and I had a LOT). Great experience with Air Professionals and will always be using them for my HVAC needs.
Jason Ganovsky
Jason Ganovsky
So grateful for Sean and the crew at Air Professionals! It's invaluable these days to find a source of honest, impartial advice. If you have a chance to work with them, take it!
Daniel Ang
Daniel Ang
HIlmi is very patient and detail oriented. Thanks.
Lawrence Schwartz
Lawrence Schwartz
We couldn't be more pleased with the entire process of ordering through installing our replacement Carrier a/c system. From the owner to the project manager to the installation crew and office staff - all provided courteous, knowledgeable, and professional service while taking the time to answer many questions. Fairly priced, highly recommended!
Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis
Greg was fantastic. He went above and beyond and was a great communicator.
Margaret Dailey
Margaret Dailey
Anthony Dileo arrived on time and was quite professional. He did the maintenance on my A/C in a timely manner and asked if I had questions or concerns. He was very polite.
Chad Farer
Chad Farer
Great service, on time and always do a complete job. They also are great at answering all questions asked !!! Would direct anyone to this company to anyone who asks about this type of work !!I would like to add that your tech picked up the smell of gas outside. Turns out there was a small leak which is now corrected !
Henry Miller
Henry Miller
Brian was very professional and helpful as he performed annual preventative maintenance on our AC units. Highly competent and made his evaluation relatable to someone who is not trained in this industry. I highly recommend this company.
Lindsay Licwinko
Lindsay Licwinko
Always on time, always friendly and always professional. I use them for all of my HVAC repairs and servicing and I always refer them to friends and family.
Deborah Labbadia
Deborah Labbadia
Greg came for a “no AC” problem for my tenant within an hour of my calling. He quickly found the issue, fixed it and then looked at everything just to be sure there were no other big issues. Really appreciate the prompt and professional service. Highly recommend!
Jane Beale
Jane Beale
Everything good!
Elliot Stetson
Elliot Stetson
Greg was the technician who did the Air Conditioner maintenance and went above and beyond the basics. He did an excellent job, meticulous and careful. Air Professionals put my existing unit in and have been excellent in their follow up service. No one regret.
Karen Hoff
Karen Hoff
On time, efficient, took care of our concerns
Sharon Poinier
Sharon Poinier
Our technician, Ryan, was the most knowledgeable one we have ever had. He explained everything in detail, and taught me so much about our A/C system. He gave me tips on various steps we could take to optimize the life and efficiency of our system. He also gave us valuable information about heat pumps and the ways in which they have been improved in recent years. Also, he explained how much a heat pump could save us in energy costs. Definitely food for thought!
Gailen Hart
Gailen Hart
Air Professionals did excellent job replacing 19 year old HVAC unit with new Carrier unit - Heat Pump, Heating, and A/C.Completed job in one day. Very clean installation.Tech showed us how to operate new unit.Also really like new WiFi connection.And the energy rebates and Air Professional discounts made this a very good deal.
Norman Torgerson
Norman Torgerson
Greg, Outstanding service; thorough, efficient and informative! Air Professionals -- highly recommended!
Bonnie Davis
Bonnie Davis
Service was on time and very efficient. Service person Ryan was very courteous and respectful of my home. He had some very helpful suggestions for safety of my A/C and furnace. I highly recommend this company and their service people.
Irish God
Irish God
Tech came as scheduled.He resolved the issue in a few minutes.Definitely recommend.
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Brown
Excellent service, always on time. Happy to have heat!
Cheryl Smagala
Cheryl Smagala
We have been using Air Professionals for years for both our heating and AC systems. We have always been pleased with their service and their attention to details. I would highly recommend them.
Bruce Stout
Bruce Stout
Air Professionals are truly professional. Competent, considerate and on time. Explain everything that did and found clearly and concisely.
andrew miller
andrew miller
Very professional in every way.
shield maiden
shield maiden
My AC went down and I called Air Professionals. They arrived within half and hour and Greg had them issue repaired within 20 mins! They are always polite and professional and do and excellent job. Highly recommend them!!!
Philip Valese
Philip Valese
Antonio and John performed a follow up service on our ductless unit to check the freon pressure and see if there were any system leaks. All checked out fine.
Mike K.
Mike K.
I've used their services in both the spring and fall and have always been completely satisfied. Professional, prompt and courteous attention to detail from the beginning scheduling to the final service has always been my experience.
Haralambo Balabanis
Haralambo Balabanis
Excellent job very happy with the service
Elise Korn
Elise Korn
They are knowledgeable and stand by their work all the way through. Professional and very pleasant to work with.
Kathleen Rule
Kathleen Rule
Always professional and solve the problem promptly!
Joe M.
Joe M.
Greg announced his arrival in advance and got here on time to service my furnace under the annual maintenance plan. Everything checked out. A few minor issues were remedied and I could not be happier with the service.
Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson
Greg kept me informed about his expected arrival time. When he arrived he took a look at my furnace, diagnosed the issues, and fixed them while explaining to me exactly what the problem was. I could not have asked for a better experience and would recommend him to anyone.
Michael Salerno
Michael Salerno
I have been using Air Professionals for nearly two decades and they continously exceed my expectations. Thank you!
Renni Turillo
Renni Turillo
I’ve been using Air Professionals since a “real” person used to answer the phone!! They have always been very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They are always on time, always polite and a pleasure to do business with ~
Ed Mahieu
Ed Mahieu
Air Professionals installed and setup 3 Zone system. The job was well done and follow up were efficient.
Al Addvensky
Al Addvensky
We have been using Air Professionals ~18 years now and they have always been very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They are careful and respectful of your home, during installations and routine maintenance. Shane was here on 5/2/23 for the annual A.C. preventive maintenance and he was extremely thorough. Keep up the excellent work!
J. VIn
J. VIn
I've used Air Professionals for years. They are honest, dependable and are incredibly professional. We just had a new ductless system installed to replace our old one and they were incredibly fair in how they treated us. The guys who installed it could not have been better. Thorough, knowledgeable and meticulous. They even vacuumed the rug behind a piece of furniture they had to move because our dogs hair had built up there! This company goes above and beyond. I highly recommend!
erick carrero
erick carrero
Very professional and kind. Great service. Looking forward to doing more business with them
Ron Burd
Ron Burd
Called ahead and showed up early. Was polite, friendly and knowledgeable. I have used Air Professionals for many years.I am always very pleased with their work!
Martin Jernigan
Martin Jernigan
Of course you have a problem with your heat pump on Thanksgiving eve!! I reached out to Sean (who sold us the new system in June) and also left a message at the on-call technician. Sean called me back walked through the steps to check the condensation pump and clean the trap.. Then Ryan (on call) walked through similar steps. Then it happened... he suggested to check the secondary emergency switch (the red emergency shutoff at the top of the basement stairs)... yep.. that was it. It was off... (and of course NO one in the house touched it! lol). There is humor in this one.. yet Sean and Ryan both responded promptly and were very professional. Being it's Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the service level expectation from Air Professionals. I was trying to take care of my family's needs for the holiday, and both Sean and Ryan stepped away from theirs to help. Thank you!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
W Irvine
W Irvine
Great, efficient service!
Glenn Lipomanis
Glenn Lipomanis
Our technician Greg is awesome. Patient, thorough, and professional. I feel we are in good hands with him.
Paul Hahofer
Paul Hahofer
Professional and courteous. Extremely knowledgeable technician that took the time to explain what he observed and the overall status of my furnace
Carmine Napoli
Carmine Napoli
Ryan serviced my heating today. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He explained everything to me. I highly recommend Air Professionals and Ryan!!!
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