When it comes to keeping your air conditioner in the best working condition possible, scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance cannot be beat. However, you must keep in mind the fact that there are a few tasks that you can—and should—handle on your own. Changing your air filter regularly is one of them.
Your AC maintenance technician will change your air filter when he or she tunes up your system. Once a year, though, is certainly not frequently enough. Read on to learn more about how a dirty air filter can negatively affect your air conditioner in Cartersville, GA.
Reduced Efficiency, Subpar Indoor Air Quality, and Operational Issues
First and foremost, you should know that a very dirty air filter may leave you paying more money for a weaker performance from your home cooling system. The reason for this is largely due to the fact that a clogged air filter increases airflow resistance. This means that your air conditioner is going to have to work harder than it should in order to distribute cooled air throughout your home. This will result in increased energy consumption, as well as the higher bills that follow.
A dirty air filter can also put your indoor air quality at risk. When a filter is too dirty, your air conditioner may actually force air around it, as this offers a path of less resistance. When this happens, the pollutants in the air are not filtered out, and they are then distributed throughout your entire household along with the cooled air.
Finally, there is the overall condition of your air conditioner to consider. Increased airflow forcing your AC to work harder than it should can lead to increased wear and tear on the system. This increases the risk of operational damages. Plus, your evaporator coil may freeze up due to insufficient airflow through the system. That ice will further insulate the coil, putting a lot of strain on the system and potentially causing the compressor to overheat.
Schedule your AC services with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.