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How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?

By now, you’ve probably heard that you should change the air filter in your home comfort system from time to time. Still, many homeowners neglect this vital maintenance task. This may be partly due to the fact that they are unsure of when to complete this task. In addition, a large number of homeowners aren’t sure why it’s so important, so they may allow themselves to believe it’s not really necessary.

Change the filter each and every month

When an air filter is dirty, it can actually cause a lot of problems for your home and your comfort system. Your air conditioner and your heater were designed to have a certain amount of air flowing through them. But a dirty filter prevents your fan from sucking in the required amount of air.

The clogged up filter reduces airflow into your system, which may lead to higher bills, slower cooling and heating times, short cycling, electrical issues, and more.  That’s why it is vital that you change the air filter each and every month.

Take note of where your filter is and of the sizing, and stock up from a local HVAC contractor or from your local hardware store. Schedule monthly reminders into your calendar or into your phone.

But that’s not all you should do for your system

Changing the air filter is an important part of your maintenance routine for your home comfort system. But it’s not the only thing you should do to keep your air conditioner and heating system in good shape. You should also schedule a maintenance visit at least once or twice each year so that technicians can get a look at the system and provide a tune-up that may help it to operate more efficiently for longer.

Call Johansen & Anderson Inc for air conditioning and heating services in Joliet, IL or for more helpful advice. Joining our Comfort Club provides you with annual tune-ups and money-saving discounts.

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