We understand that homeowners sometimes get frustrated with the advice that we have to share. Never attempt to service your own air conditioner, AC services must be handled by trained, experienced professionals, etc. The fact of the matter is that we are not just trying to drum up business for ourselves, though. You are putting your own safety and the condition of your AC at risk when you decide to take matters into your own hands—usually.
There are actually a few things that you not only can, but should do for your air conditioning system on your own, though. One of them is simply to ensure that you have a fresh air filter in place. When you keep the filter in your AC fresh and new, you are going to enjoy some great benefits. When it comes to other AC services that you may require, from tune-ups to installations and repairs, work with the Black Forest, CO HVAC pros on our staff.
What This Air Filter Does
Uh, doesn’t it, you know, filter the air? Well, yes. Of course, the standard air filter in your HVAC system filters the air. However, the purpose of this air filter is actually not to improve the indoor air quality throughout your home. Instead, this filter really serves to protect your HVAC system itself.
When dust and dirt are allowed to build up on sensitive components within your air conditioner—notably on the evaporator coil—a lot of different problems can develop. These problems can have a number of different consequences, including decreased energy efficiency, reduced cooling output, and even damages to your system. Let’s take a closer look at the issues at hand.
The Trouble with Decreased Airflow
Basically, the problems with a dirty air filter will result from decreased airflow throughout the system, as it struggles to force air through a very dirty filter. The efficiency of the system will drop simply due to the fact that it has to work harder than it should in order to keep that air moving through the system.
This results in higher energy bills for less comfort, which is one of the lousiest deals around if you ask us. It can also result in damage to your system, though. Your evaporator coil, for instance, can get too cold if it is not able to draw a sufficient amount of heat out of the air passing over it. When that happens, condensation collected on the coil can freeze. This inhibits the heat transfer process even further.
As the system struggles to cool the air, it is going to be operating under more and more stress. Ultimately, it can start to overheat, short cycling and resulting in damages due to excessive wear and tear. Just changing out your filter is enough to help avoid such problems. They cost just a few dollars and take moments to install. If you ask us, that an investment well-made!