It is not only about allergies and dusty indoor air but possible internal damage to your air conditioning unit.
Clogged, dirty filters block normal air flow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal air flow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Keeping the filter clean can lower your air conditioners energy consumption by 5%–15%.
Some filters are reusable or others need to directly replace.
For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.
You need to clean or replace air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season to get best efficiency. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house. Become familiar with the type of filter your system requires. If you have a washable, that is reusable, make sure it is completely dry before replacing.
All of the return registers/ grilles should be kept free of obstructions such as furniture, dirt and debris which can stop proper air flow.
Improving indoor air quality starts with cleaning your humidifier reservoir regularly. Cleanliness of your humidifier will prevent development of mold and mildew.
Unrestricted air flow to the outdoor unit is also important. Remove trash leaves, grass and tree trimmings that are in close proximity. Any debris that collects around the air conditioner will cause your unit to work harder than intended, resulting in using more energy and higher utility bills.
The outdoor coil on a heat pump or air conditioner can become obstructed by dust, leaves and yard trimmings. You can use a garden hose and apply gentle, water pressure over the coil, to remove any blockages. You need to be Gentle! The blades are fairly fragile on the coil and can be easily bent. Be sure and run water in a downward motion.
A heat pump or air conditioner should sit level. If you notice a shifting or settling of the ground in which your unit sits, re-level. Moisture/water must drain properly from the condensing unit.
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