Having a well-functioning HVAC system in summer is necessary, regardless of where you live. However, if your cooling system is not operating as well as it once did, you know you need to take action. In many cases, it will be a simple fix, such as changing the filter.
Do you know when it is time to change the filter and HVAC air filter housing? If not, keep reading for some of the signs it is time to do this to restore proper function to your system.
You Don’t Know When It Was Last Changed
Even small amounts of dust and dirt may force your HVAC system to run longer and work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable. Be sure to check the filter monthly and replace it when dirt accumulation is noticed. At a very minimum, you should change the filter once every three months.
Dust Close to Your Air Vents
If you see dust starting to build up close to the vents, you probably need to change the filter. Compare the areas close to the vents to the other areas in your house. If you see more dust close to the vents, there is a chance you are overdue to change the filter.
Increase in Energy Costs
If the air filter is clogged, it is going to impact the normal function of your AC. It will also allow dirt to accumulate on the cooling coils, which will impair your system’s ability to keep things cool and comfortable. When you install a new filter, it will reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency by as much as 15%.
Changing the filter for your HVAC system regularly is necessary to keep it operating properly and efficiently. Use the tips and information here to ensure you know when to make this replacement.