Clean Your Air Conditioning Filter: Tips for New Homeowners

air conditioner cleaningIf you’re a new homeowner, you know there is a lot to keep track of and even more to remember on a regular basis. But by being smart about it and proactive, you can end up saving yourself money in the long run. This is especially true of your heating and air conditioning units. Plus, by regularly maintaining them, you’ll benefit from cleaner, colorer (or warmer) air that doesn’t end up hurting your wallet.

Cleaning your air conditioner’s filter will keep the unit moving the air in your home properly. The air has to travel unimpeded through the evaporator and then through the vents in your house. This consistent, easy flow is what will keep your home’s air cool and comfortable.

If a filter (or filters) are clogged, air can get blocked, making your air conditioner work harder — causing more electricity use and keeping the air in your home from being properly cooled. The performance of the unit is key to keeping costs low and replacement unnecessary.

What Does the Air Conditioning Filter Do?

First, your AC units filter(s) help prevent the inevitable build-up of:

  • Dust
  • Grease
  • Smaller particles

Without an AC filter, that same dust and debris can become airborne and deposited in the AC unbid itself. Without trapping that debris, a build-up occurs that later becomes cost-prohibitive. With the filter, the fins on the filter catch that debris and keep the AC unit from restricting the air flow to the room in your house. If the unit itself starts to clog, moisture that builds can possibly lead to the growth and production of bacteria, which can then be blown back in the air in your house — no one wants that. You want cool, consistent air that is safer and healthier to breathe.

Keep it Efficient

Cleaning your filters on a regular basis will keep your AC unit running as it should – while keeping your costs consistent. It’s ideal to clean them more often if any of the following apply:

  • Smokers in the house
  • Pets in the house
  • Any activity in the home that produces fine dust

In any of the cases above, check and clean (if necessary) your filter(s) at least every two weeks.  This is especially true of window air conditioners. In case you have a large, conventional, commercial unit, you can try to clean those filters with store-purchased solutions, but they aren’t always effective. For large full-house units, the better solution is to purchase new filters and replace them when necessary. They aren’t very expensive and this small investment can instead wind up saving you money — and as a new homeowner, you’ll want to keep this saved money for decorating, furnishing, other home improvements.

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