Why You Need to Change your Air Conditioning Filter

The number one way to extend the life of your air conditioning system and maximise its efficiency is to change the air con filter regularly.

Your air conditioning system’s filter keeps dust and debris out of the unit to prevent damage and to keep it working efficiently.

Whilst it is effective at protecting your system’s internal parts, a large amount of dust and debris will quickly accumulate on the filter.

If the filter isn’t regularly replaced, then it can cause problems for you and your air conditioning system.

Why is it so important to change my AC’s filter regularly?

Your air conditioning unit’s filter plays an important part in keeping the system running smoothly. Here are a few of the reasons why its so important to change the filter regularly.

Maintain a comfortable temperature – If your air conditioning unit is unable to function efficiently due to a clogged filter, then it may struggle to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature. You may find that certain areas of a room remain too hot or too cold, or the system fails to register when it needs to adjust the temperature.

Save money on energy – When the filter becomes clogged, your air conditioning unit will need to work harder to keep your building at a comfortable temperature. This means more energy is required, and your business’ energy bills will increase.

Reduces the risk of the system breaking down – An air conditioning unit that is having to work harder than it should due to a clogged filter is more at risk of becoming broken or damaged than one that is being looked after. When a filter is very clogged, dust and debris can find their way into the system and cause problems. Changing the filter regularly reduces the risk of inconvenient downtime and expensive repairs.

Better for the environment – The more energy your air conditioning system is using, the worse its impact on the environment. As evidence of the adverse effects of climate change mount, many businesses are doing everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Helping your air conditioning unit to run efficiently by regularly changing its filter is a simple step in the right direction.

Improve air quality – Just some of the air pollution that your air conditioning system’s filter catches includes pet dander, mould, fungal spores, and dust. When the filter in your AC unit is blocked with this pollution and debris, your unit may start blowing out dusty and dirty air, reducing the air quality in your building. Poor air quality can have a negative effect on employee health and wellbeing and aggravate allergies and asthma.

How often should the filter be changed?

Generally, your unit’s filter will need to be changed every 1-2 months. You will find that it needs to be changed more frequently than usual during the summer months when it is working harder.

Check your unit’s documentation for instructions on how to change the filter.

For more help or advice with changing your AC system’s filter, or to schedule a maintenance appointment, get in touch with our team of experts here at Sovereign by calling 0800 243 638.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.