When extreme summer temperatures turn the Phoenix metropolitan area into an oven, you can always count on residents running their air conditioning units around the clock, especially when nighttime temperatures are not cooling things down. In the weeks following the Fourth of July celebrations, the lowest temperature at night is around 87 degrees, which means that AC units across the region are running around the clock. Proper maintenance of your AC is now more crucial than ever, and this starts with optimizing the system by having new filters installed.
New AC Filters Can Make a Significant Difference
Ever since we started doing business in 2000, quite a few of the issues that we’ve encountered have been solved with the installation of new filters. It does not matter whether your home is equipped with a central AC system or ductless mini-splits in various living spaces; new filters can make a difference in terms of cooling your home.
Checking the AC filters is one of the first steps that we take when fulfilling service calls. This is the same whether your AC is not cooling or if you have a maintenance appointment scheduled with Brisk Air in Phoenix. As long as the AC unit powers on and attempts to blow air for circulation, chances are that any issue you’re having is directly related to the filters. These replaceable parts of an AC system play an important role in terms of efficiency, so if you notice that the unit is operational but the airflow is insufficient, filters could be the issue.
How AC Filters Work
To understand why new filters can go a long way towards optimizing your AC system, the first thing for you to consider is airflow and circulation. Filters get dirty and clogged over time because they trap dirt, dust, pollen, and other particles in the air before they can reach the coils and other components of the AC unit.
In essence, your AC filters should be in a condition that is adequate to trap the particles that compromise the efficiency of the system. The filter media materials also play a role in terms of energy efficiency; when materials allow more air to pass, they do not strain the AC unit, thus reducing energy expenditure.
Getting Your AC Filters Changed Regularly
Filter replacement is the cornerstone of AC maintenance. Your home cooling system can run optimally for years if it is properly maintained; plus, it will run optimally as long as the filters are allowed to do their job of protecting the system and promoting airflow as well as interior air quality.
The best type of AC air filter for you will depend on your individual needs. If you are looking for a filter that is effective at trapping allergens and pollutants, you may want to consider a HEPA or activated carbon filter. If you are looking for a filter that is inexpensive and easy to find, you may want to consider a fiberglass filter. Are you interested in an eco-friendly washable filter that you can reuse?
At Brisk Air, some of our customers prefer HEPA filters because of the enhanced role that they play in terms of keeping indoor air quality as healthy as possible. Activated carbon filters are also effective in this regard, and they are also popular among customers who are concerned about the quality of the air being circulated by AC systems.
With activated carbon, you also have the added advantage of trapping unpleasant odors that may form when moisture builds up inside the AC system, which can in turn create an environment for mold and mildew colonies to grow. Once you have spores and other organisms spreading, unpleasant odors may circulate throughout your home.
The type of filter media that you choose is not as relevant to the energy efficiency of your AC system as the frequency of replacement, which is directly related to the maintenance plan. In the case of activated carbon filters, for example, it is better to prevent the formation of mold colonies by ensuring that moisture is not building up in the first place.
For more than two decades, Brisk Air has been providing quality air conditioning services to homeowners across the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metropolitan area. Our expertise covers all residential HVAC systems including central, furnaces, mini-splits, and heat pumps. We take pride in consistently providing excellent service for maximum customer satisfaction. For more information about the HVAC services we provide, contact Brisk Air today.