When's the last time you changed your disposable filter? Washed your washable filter?
Yes, we keep repeating the same mantra...but with good reason. Most homeowners have great intentions, but just find that life gets in the way.
We're all busy darting around in every direction. The last thing on our 'to-do' list was to change the AC filter, but sadly, it wasn't done. How's your indoor air quality?
Experts recommend that you change the filter every 1 or 2 months. We like to err on the side of caution, and think that a quick swap of your fillter each month is in your best interest.
- Easy to remember...the first of the month, or the 15th, pay your mortgage, pay your utility bills, change your filter.
- Set a recurring reminder on your computer calendar or smart phone
- Stick a post-it note on your checkbook
However you remember to do it...do it!
The air that circulates throughout your house should be clean. Pet hair, airborne particulates, skin cells, dust mites and mold circulate throughout your home. The filter traps these unwanted substances. Changing your filter regularly achieves a necessary level of clean. For an extra layer of clean, consider a Trane Clean Effects™ Electronic Air Cleaner. The use of UV Lights arrived on the air conditioning scene a short while ago. These mold inhibitors are a great way to insure an extra level of indoor air quaity and they work great! We've installed them for hundreds of our HVAC customers and in our own home.
- Don't run your AC system without a filter. Sure, a few hours while you run to your local store or contact your local service company to drop off a case is fine...but your filter is required, otherwise your evaporator coil can become plugged or clogged and a 'frozen system' will result.
- People with asthma, allergies and compromised immune systems should strive to replace filters more frequently. The difference is noticeable.
- See ice by your furnace our outside by your condensing unit? Good chance your system is frozen and a dirty filter could be one of many contributing factors.
- Shut off your system-Call your local AC company
Here's an earlier blog post that might interest you.
Relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the fresh air!