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Understanding the Importance of a Clean Air Filter

When you live in a climate that experiences the summers that we do, there’s no mistaking that you need a reliable and efficient air conditioning system for your home. However, as much as we rely on these cooling systems we sometimes fall short of caring for them.

Scheduling regular professional maintenance is essential to a fully functioning AC system, but there is one task that you should be doing much more often that 1-2 times a year: changing your air filter. This is one maintenance task that homeowners can and should do on their own. Keep reading to learn more about why.

A Properly Performing Air Conditioner

How is your air conditioner performing? If its air filter is clogged up with dirt and debris, then the answer is, probably not very well! When your air filter is this obstructed, then your AC system has to work harder than it should have to in order to distribute air throughout your home and the filter itself. The excessive strain placed on the cooling system will make it less efficient, meaning that you’ll pay higher energy cost even though your comfort level will drop.

Additionally, excessive stress placed on your air conditioner leads to expedited wear and tear, which leads to operational problems, potential damages, and even possible premature breakdown. For example, a dirty air filter can cause your evaporator coil to ice up, which prevents it from absorbing the heat that it is intended to, and you’ll notice little to no cooling power.

It may seem hard to believe that an air filter is that important, but it is there for a reason: to protect the components of your HVAC system. Do your part by changing your filter at least every 3 months—more often if your home has significant contaminants such as excessive pet dander or cigarette smoke.

To improve your HVAC performance and protect your indoor air quality in Mahwah, NJ, be sure to give DB Heating & Cooling, Inc a call today.

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