clean-air-filterThere are a lot of measures you should take to make sure that your air conditioner is kept in good shape throughout the summer season. Most of the best ways to keep your air conditioner running properly involve scheduling professional services, especially preventive maintenance. However, there is also a specific step that you can personally take to keep your system healthy. Let’s have a look at the air filter, why it’s important, and how to keep it from harming your air conditioner.

The Air Filter

There are a lot of particulates that are found in the ductwork of an average home. Dust, pollen, dander, and the like can cause issues for the air conditioner if they manage to make it into the system. The air filter is meant to protect the air conditioner from these contaminants. The filter sits in the air return duct of the system, and filters all air that runs through the system. While the filter is effective at preventing the air conditioner from becoming damaged, there is one problem: the filter has no way of getting rid of the particles that it collects. If the filter isn’t replaced every few months, it will become clogged.

A clogged air filter will cut off most of the air flow from making it into the air conditioner. This cuts into the air conditioner’s output levels by a significant amount, preventing it from properly cooling the home. It can also cause long term problems like part malfunctions if it isn’t dealt with in a timely fashion.

Changing Your Air Filter

Fortunately for you, you don’t have to have a professional change your air conditioner’s air filter if you want to do it yourself. Just make sure that you have the right kind of replacement filter handy, then look at the system. The air return duct is the point at which the ducts meet the main body of the air conditioner. Somewhere in that area there should be a cover. Open it, and pull out the old air filter. Make note of the direction that the arrows on the edge of the air filter are pointing.

Once the old air filter is removed, slide the new air filter into place. Make sure that the arrows on the filter are pointing in the same direction. That done, just slide the cover back into place. That should be all you need to do to make sure that your air conditioner is properly protected by the filter. Make sure that you change your filter at least once every three months, in order to maintain the protection on the air conditioner. If you aren’t sure what kind of air filter your system uses, or you want to have someone show you how to do it properly the first time, we’d be happy to help you out.

Climate Control Heating & Cooling offers air conditioning services of all kinds throughout Gladstone, MO. If you need help with your air conditioner, contact us today to schedule an appointment.