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Air Conditioning Filters

The functionality of your entire air conditioning system, whether it is a domestic or residential air conditioner or if it is an industrial or commercial air conditioner, relies heavily upon the filter of the unit being unblocked and clean. If you allow your air conditioner’s filter to collect residue or dirt, you will notice over a period of time that your air conditioner is using higher and higher amounts of energy with dramatic increases in your monthly bills. This lack of maintenance on the filter of your air conditioning system will also shorten the life of your equipment.

Your air conditioner’s filter is one of the most vital components of your entire air conditioning system. Without the filter, you would be continuously breathing air that is unclean and incredibly unhealthy for you and your loved ones.

Some of the most popular brands of air filters used are 3M Filtrete, Honeywell Humidifier Filters, Arnold Aprilaire Furnace Filters, Air King Humidifier Filters, Sear Electrostatic Air Filter, Sear Air Cleaner Filters, York AC Unit Filters, Lennox Humidifier Filters, Goodman Furnace Filters, Accumulair Air Filters, Sunbeam Air Filters, Range Hood Filters as well as several generic home air filters.

The one way that you can make certain that your air conditioning system is functioning properly is by regular replacement of the air conditioning filters. All the components of the air conditioner are dependent upon this one element as they all work together to provide top quality air to the environment you are living in. To put it in other words, having clean, top quality air filters in your air conditioning system is foundational to your air conditioner providing your home or business with the cleanest and safest air for you and your loved ones.

Some FAQ’s regarding Air Filters:


1. How do I determine if my air conditioning filter is functioning properly?

The most frequently used method of evaluating this is known as the “MERV” test, which stands for “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value”. If you have this test done, the system will obtain a score rating between one and 12. In short, the higher the score, the more efficient your air conditioner is at eradicating unwanted contaminants. This test and the resulting score or rating will be valuable information for you to determine the condition of your system and what further action might be necessary.

2. How often should my air conditioner filter be changed?

For domestic or residential air conditioners, it is recommended to change the filter every 30 to 60 days (or 1-2 months). If you are running a larger system, such as a commercial air conditioner, it is advisable to change the filter every 14 days (or two weeks).

3. How can I remember to change these filters?

It would be in your best interest to build this into your monthly cleaning scheme to make it a habit. You could even write it on your calendar to remind yourself. Otherwise, there is a good possibility that you will not think of it until your air conditioning unit is not functioning properly and then it might be too late and the collection of visible dust and dirt on the filters might have already caused more damage.

4. How do I know if I have correctly installed my air conditioner’s filter?

When you install the filter, it is of vital importance that you make sure you have purchased the correct size. You might even want to remove the old filter to take it with you when you are purchasing the new one. This will ensure that you are buying exactly the right one. While installing the filter, there are usually arrows on the filter to indicate the proper direction it should be facing when it is installed. In addition to all of this information, the filter should fit snugly and tightly into the air conditioning unit. If it is too loose or not snugly fit, you will have unfiltered air circulating through your house, which would defeat the purpose of having an air filter at all.