The benefits of changing and cleaning your air conditioning filter and how often you should do it.

Air conditioners are the most common heating and cooling appliances that also provide us with clean air. Proper air conditioning is essential for our comfort and productivity.

Having an efficient air conditioning system is great, but aside from just buying it, you also need to take care of it and use it wisely. Taking care of this type of system includes regular maintenance, monitoring the unit's performance, and careful and regular cleaning. A key element for air conditioners, on which their lifespan and efficiency depend, is the filter.

What is the purpose of the air conditioner filter?

The air conditioner filter cleans the air of various pollutants such as smoke, pollen, dust and provides clean air to the room's occupants. Accumulation of dust and various allergens in the air leads to various allergic reactions, shortness of breath, feeling of discomfort, fatigue, and other health consequences. Therefore, filter maintenance is a very important part of air conditioning system maintenance.

The following are ways you can tell when it's time to clean the filters and the benefits of doing so.

Signs that your air conditioning filter needs cleaning

1. Reaction from allergies

Purified air helps breathing and physical processes. If you feel the appearance of various skin irritations, this may indicate that there is too much-accumulated dust and dirt in the filter that you need to remove. These irritations occur because when the filter is clogged with various harmful substances, they begin to spread in the air.

After cleaning or replacing the filter, you will feel a noticeable difference in the air quality, you will breathe easier, sleep better, and the skin irritations will likely disappear.

2. Colder air

Air conditioning efficiency is directly related to the condition of the filters. The appliance may be blowing warm air even though you have set it to cooling mode. If you notice such a problem, check the condition of the filters and clean them if necessary. After cleaning, the efficiency of the appliance should improve.

3. Saving on electricity bills

Apart from the health problems and technical failures that can occur due to an overly dirty filter, it will also affect your electricity bills. When too much dirt is layered on the filter, airflow is obstructed, and the air conditioner uses twice as much energy to cool or heat. Do you get an unusually high electric bill, check the filter's condition because the cause may lie in this often underestimated element of the air conditioning system.

4. Longer air conditioner life

If you take good care of the air conditioning system, it will provide quality air, lower electricity bills, and greater comfort. Regular preventive maintenance and filter cleaning will contribute to enjoying the quality air conditioning and clean air for a long time.

How often should you change your air conditioner filter?

Changing your air filters can depend on the following factors:

  • Air filter model
  • The overall indoor air quality
  • Number of pets
  • Household size
  • Air pollution levels and construction around the home

Experts typically recommend that filters be changed every 30-60 days. If you are sensitive to air quality or have mild to moderate allergies, it's good to invest in higher-end purifying filters. It is also advisable to clean these items more often.

If you live in a less populated area, the chances are that the filters will get dirty much slower, and you may only need to clean them 2-3 times a year.

Here are averages to help you figure out how regularly your air filter should be changed:

  • If you live in a rural, sparsely populated area with no pets and no allergies: every 6-12 months
  • Living on the outskirts of a city with no pets: every 90 days
  • Have one dog or cat: every 30-60 days
  • More than one pet or if you have allergies: every 20-45 days

If you're not sure how often to change your filters, we recommend scheduling a maintenance check for your air conditioner. During the inspection and cleaning, the technician will find out what condition the system is in. You can ask him how often he thinks you should clean or change the filters. He will give you an objective answer based on the conditions you live in and the specifics of the air conditioner.

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