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Do I Need to Change My Air Filters More Often in the Summer?

Arianne Large - Thursday, August 06, 2015
Changing Air Filters

When you think of maintenance agreements you might consider major service that needs to be done on your HVAC system, but what about the small stuff? Truth be told, sometimes the small stuff has the biggest impact.

Take your air filter, for example. This can have the single biggest impact on how your air-conditioning system functions. There is some basic information you could use when it comes to air filters, including whether or not you need to change them more in the summer and how a maintenance agreement can help. Keep reading for the low-down.

What Does an Air Filter Do?

An air filter has two primary jobs, both equally important. The first is to protect your HVAC system from dirt and debris that gets pulled in by the air intake. The second is to protect you and your family from dirt, pollutants, and allergens that also get pulled into your system and then recirculated throughout your home.

Why Does the Air Filter Need to Be Changed?

Air filters need to be changed for the same reason the air filter on your car needs to be changed. They filter the air, capturing and trapping the air pollutants in the filter. If the filter isn’t changed or cleaned, it stops the air from flowing effectively between your air conditioning system and your house.

How Does the Season Affect Air Filter Changes?

The more you run your HVAC system, the more often you will need to change the filter. In the heat of summer when your cooling demands are at their highest, your AC will run frequently, hence the need for more frequent filter changes.

How Does a Maintenance Agreement Help?

Maintenance agreements ensure your system is inspected and cleaned twice a year. This includes changing or cleaning the air filter. Though ideally the filter should be changed on average every 3 months, having a maintenance agreement in place can let you rest easy knowing that the filter is getting changed at least every 6 months.

Changing your air filter regularly will protect your air conditioning system as well as the air quality in your home. For more information on everything related to your HVAC system, including maintenance agreements, contact our team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning by calling 704-821-6255 or by clicking here.