When it comes to caring for your heating and cooling system, you may not think you need to do much more than schedule annual maintenance (or biannual maintenance, if you have a heat pump.) While this service is imperative, there is one task that you can and should be doing on your own: changing the air filter.
Here in Jacksonville, we of course utilize our air conditioning systems more than our heaters. But, whichever you use and for however long you use it, they both come equipped with air filters to strain our dust and other contaminants from the air. This helps keep your blower motor and other important components free of debris, and also improves your indoor air quality.
Why Isn’t Annual Maintenance Enough?
As mentioned above, annual maintenance is an important part of caring for your HVAC system. However, as this service is only done once a year and the average HVAC air filter clogs up every 1-3 months, you don’t want to wait too long to change or clean your air filter. Doing so can leave you with operational problems as well as diminished air quality.
How often your air filter needs changing will depend on the model of HVAC system you have, as well as the type of air filter you have. However no matter what type of both you own, changing your air filter is a fairly simple process. Clips can be loosed to slide the old filter out, and a fresh filter can be slid into its place.
You can find replacement filters and just about any hardware store or home improvement center. Be sure that your air filter is appropriately sized for your specific system, and also pay attention to the MERV rating. This stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, and the higher the rating is, the more efficiently that filter will strain out debris.
Be sure to give AA Service and Repair-North Florida AC a call to schedule your next
Jacksonville, FL professional HVAC maintenance appointment.