Air Conditioner Maintenance in Central Florida
In order for your air conditioning system to stay at the top of its game and continue to provide the cooling power you need, it requires adequate air flow. A lot of things impact the air flow of your system, including how clear your ducts are and the condition of your blower motor, coils, and other parts. But the number one simplest and most important factor? Your air filter.
At Greens Energy Services, our certified HVAC specialists are dedicated to providing you with flawless service, and all of the information you need to get the best out of your system. Do you know how often you need to change your filters? Let’s find out!
How Important Are Air Filters?
In a word, very. In more words, your filter and its condition play a role in almost every aspect of your system. It affects energy efficiency, the lifespan of your system, and can even impact how well it cools. This is because your filter directly impacts the content of the air in your home. Dust particles, pollen, and other small matter are dense within a home.
These particles will eventually find their way to your cooling system and will settle into the filter. That is, after all, its job. But when your filter fills up, your system is no longer protected and the air flow within it will suffer. This means your system has to work harder for fewer results, and by working harder, you’re losing out on efficiency and your system is slowly choking.
How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?
There’s really no hard and fast rule here. The answer depends on numerous factors, including:
- How often your system is in use
- Local climate and pollen/allergen counts
- Dust present in the home
- The size of your home
- The size and type of your cooling system
As a general rule of thumb, your filter needs to be changed at least every one to three months during peak use. Here in Orlando, we would strongly recommend monthly changes, especially if you use the lower MERV fiberglass filters.
What Is MERV?
A filter’s MERV rating is a direct measurement of its ability to collect particles of dust and debris in the air. The higher the rating, the more it blocks. For home use there are two major types:
- Fiberglass filters. Kind of the “standard” of air filters, fiberglass filters have the lowest average MERV rating. They’re cheap and available in bulk, making them a popular choice. They’ll do a perfectly fine job, but they need to be replaced frequently.
- Pleated filters. Much the same as a fiberglass filter, but these guys have better MERV ratings. They’re a little pricier, but they have a demonstrable impact on your air quality. Still need to be changed frequently, though.
There is a third type, actually. HEPA filters boast the highest MERV ratings, but they are totally unsuitable for residential use. They actually literally block too much and can outright kill your system if you attempt to use them. These are commonly found in hospitals or large commercial structures where the units were built to be used with them.
HVAC Company Serving Orlando, Florida
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