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Change Your Air Conditioning Filters for Optimal HVAC Performance

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Did you know that changing out your air filter in your air conditioning unit could not only improve air quality indoors, but also reduce the chances of air conditioner failures? The U.S. Department of Energy shared that inadequate maintenance, including dirty filters and air coil, can reduce the ability of your air conditioning system to work properly and even cause compressors or fans to fail prematurely. To prolong the life of your HVAC unit, Georgia residents are advised to regularly change their air conditioning filters. This is a simple procedure that most homeowners can do with just a few instructions. 


How to Change Your Air Conditioning Filter:

Step 1: Find the air conditioner filter. It may be located along the ductwork, in the furnace, floor, or ceiling. It is often covered with some form of slotted metal door.

Step 2: Examine the filter and look along the top and sides to find a notation for size such as 12x14x1.

Step 3: You are ready to purchase a filter but there are likely to have many types of filters from which to choose. There can be significant price variation and filter may work differently and be good for a single month or last over several months. Consider your budget and needs when making your selection.

Step 4: Write the date on your air filter. Usually, you will find a designated place for homeowners to label the air filter with the date of the new installation. It is useful to note the replacement date, whether in a month or in a few months, depending on purchase, on a calendar or on a smartphone as a reminder.

Step 5: Remove the old filter. Open the metal covering. Loosen any screws or holding device. Take out your old air conditioning filter.

Step 6: Install the new filter. Check for the side showing correct airflow direction by finding the arrow. Often there is a date on the filter side that faces out of the covering.

Step 7: Secure any holding device and metal door and put it back together.

How Often Should I Change my AC Filter?

During the cooling season, homeowners are recommended to install a new filter every month, depending on the type of filter purchased, for both central systems and window units or clean the washable types of AC filters.
Changing out the air conditioning filter can improve efficiency of the system while reducing energy costs that often rise during the summer. Not every maintenance task is easy to perform. Hammond Services, providing HVAC, plumbing and electrical services to residents in Griffin, Newnan, Clayton, Coweta, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Upson, McDonough, Peachtree City and Fayetteville, can expertly address Georgia homeowners needs. 

Contact a Hammond Services technician to schedule an appointment for HVAC maintenance or repair today.


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