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Why Do I Need to Replace My Air Filter?

A side-by-side comparison of a clean air filter versus a diry air filter

Why Should I Replace My Air Filter?

One of the most important parts of your central air conditioning system is the air filter. And to keep your unit functioning efficiently, this piece to the home cooling puzzle will need to be replaced regularly.

Still not sold on the idea as to why you need to swap out your filter? Here are some things to consider:

Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you have your air filter installed properly and change it frequently, it will be able to remove dust, pollen, and other pollutants in your home. When the air quality in your living space needs improvement and you fail to swap out your filter, it can lead to an increased risk of allergies, as well as difficulty breathing for those that have pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Enhance Performance

When your filter becomes clogged with dirt and debris, it will obstruct your central air conditioner's airflow. Knowing this, restricted airflow will cause your system to work harder than it has to — which is never a good thing. During peak months, this may begin to put stress on your unit and shorten its lifespan.

By cleaning or replacing your filter, you will be allowing the air to move through your duct system freely, which will help it run much more efficiently. Furthermore, when your unit is working at peak performance, you will not have to worry about high utility bills.

Prevent Repairs from Being Needed

When your central air conditioner has to work harder to distribute air throughout your home, it can lead to breakdowns much sooner than you'd anticipate. Mechanical breakdowns can be very expensive, and if you neglect to have your unit fixed immediately, you could be looking at having to replace your entire cooling system prematurely.

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To help keep your central air conditioner in good spirits, it's recommended to replace your filter about one to every three months — depending on the number of allergens you have present within your home (i.e., pet dander).

Of course, if you have any questions about your air filter or if you are not sure what kind of air filter would be suitable for your cooling system, give West Coast Air Conditioning a call at (805) 954-9195 — they'll be more than happy to help!