Your AC filter has a much bigger role than just filtering the air. Although this is its main purpose, the downstream impact is much broader. Maintaining, cleaning and replacing your air filter is for making sure your system operates at peak efficiency.
Problems a Dirty Air Filter Can Contribute to:
What you Can Do If You Have a Dirty Air Filter
Luckily, maintaining your air filter is simple and can be done by yourself or with the help of a professional. If your unit uses reusable filters, you will need to periodically remove it, wash it with distilled water, and allow it to air dry before replacing the filter back in the unit.
PRO TIPS: NEVER run your AC unit without a filter. NEVER run your AC unit with a damp air filter.
If your AC unit instead uses disposable air filters, make sure you have replacements on hand that are compatible with your specific unit. They are NOT standardized in size or type. Always follow your manufacturer’s recommendations.
How Often Should You Clean or Replace the Air Filter?
Depending on the climate, air quality where you live, and other factors, this may vary. However, it is generally recommended to clean or replace your filter monthly for optimal performance.