As your central air conditioning system is cooling down your home during Arizona summers, it’s also filtering your air by trapping unwanted particles like pollen, pet dander, and dust. As these particles become lodged inside your air filter, its efficiency will start to decline.

Changing AC Filters

Most HVAC professionals will recommend that you change your air conditioner filter every 60 to 90 days. This is just a general rule of thumb. There are many factors that will affect how often you should change your individual HVAC filter. Some of these include the number of pets you have, the number of people with respiratory and allergy problems who reside in your home, the amount of traffic that your home receives, and so forth.

Check Each Month

It’s a good idea to check your air filter at least once a month to see if it needs to be replaced. You can do this by simply removing the filter from its housing and holding it up to a source of light. A new filter will be transparent. If you find that light has difficulty passing through an old filter or it appears visibly dirty, then it needs to be replaced. You should always have an extra filter on hand so that you can quickly replace the existing filter when it has reached the end of its useful lifespan.

Choosing the Right Filter

There are a variety of HVAC air filters on the market to choose from. First, make sure to select the model number that your system requires. Filters also fall into four main categories, and you will be able to capture different sized particles depending on the type you buy: fiberglass, pleated, washable, and HEPA.

Fiberglass filters are the most inexpensive option, and they only offer minimal filtering capability. On the other hand, HEPA air filters will be the most expensive and will filter out the highest number of particles of all different sizes.

Professional AC Services

Grand Air Heating and Cooling provides expert AC services for the Sun City, AZ community. We also offer heating, heat pump, and ductless mini-split services. Whether you require installation, repair, or maintenance, contact us today to get the professional assistance that you need!

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