Ask Rick: I live in Sarasota, how often do I really need to change my air filter?

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Air filters often seem like a small thing.  Compared to the actual air conditioning or furnace unit, the air filter is a relatively inexpensive piece, but don’t let that fool you. Even though the air filters seems like a minor expense, it is a vital part of making sure your air conditioning is working at full efficiency. Florida summers in Sarasota are brutal on your air conditioning system, ensuring you routinely change your air filter is essential.

The primary role of an air filter is to keep dust and other contaminants from collecting on the evaporator cooler and other components. If the filter becomes clogged, it will reduce the air flow significantly. In turn, this increases the amount of time your ac unit is forced to run and puts an overwhelming amount of stress on the internal components.

The simple answer to when to change your filter is whenever it is dirty, but since most people do not routinely check the status of their filter a dirty filter often goes unnoticed. To be safe, consistently change your filter at least once every 3 months. However, during the grueling summer months, I’d recommend changing the filter once a month to keep your air conditioner in good running order. If you start to notice that your air conditioner is simply not keeping up with demand, the first thing I’d recommend is changing your filter. If after a new filter, your home temperature continues to rise it’s time to contact a professional.

For more tips on keeping your air conditioner running smoothly, contact us today! Remember, it’s also time to schedule your yearly furnace tune up.

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