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Why You Should Check and Change Your Air Filter Before Cooling Season

Imagine not dusting or vacuuming your home or office for an entire month. Consider how much dirt and filth can build up on your floors, counters, and other surfaces in that time frame. Now think what happens if you do not change your AC filter for a month. Believe it or not, dirty air filters can restrict normal air flow making a huge difference in the air quality in your home and causing your energy use to gradually increase.

While it is important to change your filter regularly to help ensure your AC unit’s efficiency, most people do not do it because they either do not think it is a priority, or they do not realize the importance of doing so. Here at Hutchinson, we would like you to know that changing the air filter will make it easier for your AC to keep you cool this summer.

Once you understand the importance of changing your air filters regularly, you will make it a priority. Changing your filter monthly can help prolong the life of your system by consuming less energy. This makes it more energy efficient and can save you money on your utility bills.

The main purpose of the AC filter is to protect the AC unit itself from harmful things in the air. The following are just some of the things that can happen if you DON’T change your AC filter:

  • The filter gets clogged with dust that will get into your AC unit and moving parts, such as the fan motor and valves, causing your system to work harder and become less energy efficient. This can increase your utility bills. Changing your filter monthly during peak season can save you about 15% per month on your utility bill.
  • Contaminants such as mold, pollen, and allergens can also enter your AC system. Using a high energy particulate air filter (HEPA) will trap the particles and provide better air quality. These particles will find their way into your home if you don’t change the filter. If moisture gets into the ducts, it can lead to serious mold issues and make family members sick.
  • In time, things will only get worse if you don’t change the filter. Not only will the filter stop working properly, but the particles that get into your AC system will affect the working parts causing them to work harder and possibly break down. By not changing the filter regularly, you are reducing the life expectancy of your AC by at least 5-10 years. Also, replacing parts and repairs can get costly.

The cost of purchasing filters is minimal when compared to digging deep into your pockets to replace parts or make repairs. The simple task of changing your filter monthly will not only give you better air quality in your home but will keep more money in your wallet because your system will be working efficiently to lower your monthly utility bill.

Schedule an appointment for Hutchinson to come out and inspect your unit to ensure that it is working properly and they can show you how to change your filter!