Air conditioners are primarily designed to moderate indoor temperatures by either cooling or warming up the air inside a building. General maintenance of air conditioners is critical to ensuring the equipment keeps running properly in times of need. One of things that needs to be checked during general maintenance is the air conditioner filters. If the air filters are dirty or clogged, they will require replacement.
Unfortunately, many air conditioner users often fail to check and replace their air filters as required because they do not understand the importance of doing so. As you can imagine, things don't usually turn out well for these group of people. To avoid the same fate as them, be sure to check and replace your air filters as required. But first things first, you should understand why timely replacement of air conditioner filters is so important.
- It helps make the air clean and healthy. By design, all air conditioners need to have an effective air filtration system to help filter out dust, pet hair, VOCs from household cleaning products and other harmful particulates from the air, and that's the work of the air filters. Over time, the filters clog up with dirt buildup and will become less effective at doing their job — trapping airborne pollutants. Clogged air filters will allow dirt particulates that should be trapped to re-circulate back into a building. This will compromise indoor air quality and can cause chronic allergies for asthma patients or people with other respiratory conditions. If you keep pets and use household products with VOCs, things will get worse with a blocked filter. So make sure you replace dirty filters to keep your family healthy.
- It helps keep the unit working properly. Many people don't seem to know that dirty filters affect the performance of their air conditioning system. Clogged filters restrict airflow, making the equipment strain in order to achieve the desired indoor temperatures. Poor airflow reduces the ability of the unit to draw heat from the indoor air and cool the building. This will almost certainly lead to operational failure. So replace clogged filters to minimise downtime and repair costs.
- It helps keep down energy costs. Because clogged air filters make the unit to run harder than required by inhibiting optimal airflow, more energy will be used up, thus leading to increased utility bills. If you want to keep your air conditioning costs down, changing filters is a step that will significantly lower your energy bills.