Of all the things that can affect the performance of your cooling system, a dirty AC filter is one of the most problematic. That’s why changing your filter is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can perform as a Coachella Valley homeowner. So let’s take a look at why your air filter gets dirty and the affects it can have on your unit.

Why does an AC filter get dirty?

The job of your air conditioner’s filter is to block airborne particles from building up on your cooling system and circulating in your home’s air. When your filter gets dirty, that just means it’s doing its job! Although the time it takes for your filter to get dirty depends on the type of filter you have installed and how often you’re running your air conditioner, it typically takes about a month before it starts to affect the performance of your unit.

What are the effects of a dirty AC filter?

When too many particles build up on your filter, it begins to restrict the amount of air that’s able to pass through it. As a result, your air conditioner has to work harder to compensate for the restricted air flow. This leads to higher operating costs, imbalanced comfort levels and the possibility of short-cycling and breakdowns.

Another effect of a dirty air filter is that air will begin to bypass the filter and go directly to your air conditioner. This allows particles to build up on your system (because they weren’t caught by the filter) and can damage your air conditioner.

How can you avoid a dirty AC filter?

Although there are many problems associated with a dirty filter, avoiding them is simple. All you have to do is keep up with your air filter changes, especially during times that you’re using your unit a lot. If you’re using a standard air filter, we recommend checking and changing it every month.

If you have any questions about a dirty AC filter, or if you’d like an HVAC system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Indio, CA, heating and cooling (https://www.hydesac.com/) company.