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Can a Dirty Air Filter Really Affect My Air Conditioner or Its Performance?

Yes, without a doubt. Changing the air filter in your air conditioning system is, without question, the best way in which you yourself can keep your home cooling system in the best working condition possible. There are a number of different factors that will inform how frequently you must change your filter, including the type of filter used and countless environmental considerations. Familiarize yourself with your product, and be sure to check in at least as frequently as suggested by the manufacturer. Read on to learn more about how a dirty air filter affects your air conditioner in Everett, WA.

Energy efficiency is one of the first things to be compromised when your air filter gets too dirty. Just imagine blowing through a straw. Now imagine blowing through a straw with balled up pieces of its wrapper stuck in the middle. This is analogous to what your air conditioner experiences when you don’t change its air filter as needed. Your system is going to be met with more airflow resistance than it should, and it is going to have to work harder than it should in order to force air through the system. When that happens, the air conditioner will consume more energy during operation, driving up its operating costs.

Air quality will also suffer if your air conditioner’s air filter is not changed out or cleaned regularly. The air filter that is standard in your AC is not really there to boost indoor air quality. Instead, it prevents pollutants from building up on components within the system itself. That being said, if your filter is too dirty, your system may actually force air around it in order to follow a path of less resistance. When that happens, pollutants can bypass the filter as well.

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