Air Conditioning Filters
Which Ones Should You Use?
Air Conditioning Filters were originally created to protect air conditioning units from dust and dirt building up on coils, fan motors, and blower wheels.
This is because dirt and dust on your a/c components ultimately leads to pre-mature failure of your a/c system.
From An A/C Technicians Perspective
Any restrictions to airflow in an a/c system result in pre-mature system failure. So it would be fair to say that an Air Conditioning system operates best when there are no restrictions to airflow.
However, adding air conditioning filters to an Air Conditioning System restricts this airflow to some degree, (more or less depending on the type of air filter used) but the air filter also helps prevent dirt and dust build up from accumulating onto your coils, fan motors, and blower wheels, which could rapidly restrict air flow.
So we know that an air filter is a restriction but also a necessity. What do you think happens when your air filter gets dirty? That's right! It restricts more air flow.
Dirty Air Filters
Dirty air filters cause several problems in your system including increased operating costs, lower comfort levels, compressor damage, and reduced humidity removal.
Keeping your air filters clean means clean system operation, lower electric bills, better dehumidification, better air flow, improved cooling, and a cleaner home.
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Before I proceed any further, I would like to make a note that there are air filter companies (that sell air filters for a living), and air conditioning service companies (that pay their technicians big bonuses to sell their $400 dollar + special air filters.)
These air filter and a/c service companies are not going to agree with what I have to say...for obvious reasons $$$.
What Some Companies
Don't Want You To Know
About Air Conditioning Filters
The absolute best type of air filter for your a/c system is the one that has the least effect on air flow. This filter happens to be the cheapest filter you can find...This is the spun fiberglass filter, the only downside to this filter is that it allows more dust to enter your system, therefore requiring more frequent coil cleanings.
If you want to go a step up from the spun fiberglass filter, you might try a low efficient pleated filter. These air conditioning filters will trap more dust allowing for cleaner air and less frequent coil cleanings. The downside is that this filter is more expensive and has more resistance to air flow which can increase your systems operating expenses.
Any other filter out there on the market is designed for air quality. Yes, these other filters are more efficient at keeping dirt and dust at bay, but the higher their efficiency, the higher their restrictions are to air flow.
So if you're the type of person that believes higher efficiency air filters are better for your health, then you can't put a price tag on that.
However, there is a price to pay, and that price is less performance and lower life expectancy for your A/C unit.
Regardless of which type of Air Conditioning Filters you decide to use, household dirt and dust escapes through your filters and clings to the cold, damp coil, causing restrictions and blockage, cheating you of performance and capacity.
Therefore, periodic Air Conditioning Maintenance checks and cleanings should be performed on your air conditioner.
By using the proper Air Conditioning Filters, changing your air filter frequently, and
performing regular maintenance checks and cleanings,
you can rest assured that you'll have proper air flow delivery, increased comfort level, healthier indoor air, and better dehumidification.
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Mesa, Arizona 85201
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Types of systems we service: Air Conditioner, Heat Pump, Gas Heating, Furnace, and Electric Heat.
Brands we service: All major brands including: Mastercool, Trane, Amana, Ruud, Goodman, Carrier, York, Goettl, Payne, Lennox, Rheem, Bryant, Heil, Kenmore, and Coleman.
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