Why an Air Conditioning Tune-up is Necessary and Helpful
When it comes to an HVAC system, it’s important to keep it functioning properly as well as to address any potential problems in a timely manner. That’s why having an air conditioning tune-up is both necessary and helpful. By having the cooling system serviced regularly, consumers can rest assured that possible malfunctions can be discovered and handled before they cause a major issue or breakdown.
One of the simplest yet often overlooked culprits in AC problems is a dirty filter. A filter is designed to prevent dust and dirt particles from getting into an AC system and causing it to lose functioning capacity.
When filters are kept clean, they promote smooth functioning, and that cuts back on energy costs and expensive repairs or failure of the system. In addition, having clean filters improves the air quality thereby providing a healthier home environment.
In general, professionals recommend having air conditioning filters replaced four times per year minimum, and more frequently during hotter months when the air conditioner is being used frequently. There are also reusable filters that may be cleaned and put back in the AC system; this should be done as frequently as disposable filters would be replaced.
When it comes to purchasing AC filters, there are many options, but it’s important to choose filters that will do the job well. Though they may cost a little more initially, in the long run, they will save money. Here are some types of filters to keep in mind:
• Disposable filters made of fiberglass: these are the cheapest to purchase but also the least helpful as they’re only able to block large particles. Smaller things like pollen and dust can go through these filters.
• Electrostatic filters that are washable: these pull in dust and other items by using a static charge to draw them. This choice is better than fiberglass disposables, but it’s still limited to larger particles.
• Allergy filters with a pleated design: these filters are made with thick mesh that allows the trapping of smaller particles such as pollen. Overall, they have an efficiency rate of up to 50 percent.
• Electronic air cleaners: these filters make an electrical field that magnetizes particles to draw them in. They are a step above pleated filters because they trap the majority of small particles as well as more than three-fourths of airborne viruses.
• HEPA filters are the top-of-the-line choice for AC systems due to their use in commercial environments, such as hospitals, where keeping air particles to a minimum is necessary.
Keeping in mind the importance of a well-functioning AC system and routine filter changes, it’s a good idea to have qualified, trained technicians provide regular tune-ups.