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Changing Your Air Conditioning Filters

June 15th, 2015

156534187Changing the air conditioning filters is one of the most important aspects of your HVAC maintenance. Clogged filters could keep your unit from functioning as well as it should, which could raise your home cooling costs. It might also negatively affect the air quality in your house. Use the following guide to figure out how to change the filters so you can keep your air conditioner functioning at its best:

Change It Every Three Months

For the best results, you should change the filter every three months. If you are using the air conditioner a lot, like you would during a Tucson summer, you should check the filter once a month to make sure it still looks clean. If it is very clogged, you might have to change it more frequently to keep the air conditioner working as efficiently as possible.

Use Quality Filters

It is important to invest in quality filters that will work harder to remove dirt, dust, and other pollutants from the unit before they can compromise the way it works. Filters are rated with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) that runs on a scale of 1-12. The better filters have higher rating. The higher numbers require more energy to pull pollutants out of the air, though, so you might want to choose a filter closer to the middle of the scale.

Call for Professional Maintenance Checks

On top of changing the filter regularly, it is also important to schedule regular appointments with a professional HVAC company. Before you start to really use the air conditioner for the season, you should request a professional maintenance visit. The HVAC crew can check out your air conditioner to make sure everything is functioning properly so it works the best for you.

Russett Southwest is here to help you keep your air conditioner in top condition. We have been focusing on the heating and cooling needs of Tucson residents and businesses for more than 65 years. To learn more about our services or to request a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.