A dirty filter restricts airflow, making the AC work harder to keep your Hindman, Kentucky, home at your desired temperature. As it works harder, it consumes more energy, which translates into higher cooling expenses. Fortunately, it’s quite simple to tell whether the filter needs to be changed. If you notice worsening allergy symptoms or dust collecting on the walls and furniture, then you should go ahead and change the AC filter.

The Filter Is Dirty

The easiest way to tell if you should change the AC filter is to hold it up to the light. If you see light passing through it, you can continue using the filter and check it again in a week or two. If you don’t see any light passing through it, then you should go ahead and change it because it’s probably clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris.

Worsening Allergy Symptoms

Are your allergy or asthma symptoms worsening? If so, you may want to consider upgrading the AC filter with one that is designed specifically to improve indoor air quality. For those with allergies or asthma, it’s a good idea to upgrade to a filter that has a high MERV rating and is made specifically to help ease allergy and asthma symptoms. If you use a HEPA filter, you must make sure it’s compatible with your cooling system.

Lots of Dust

A clogged filter can’t trap dirt and dust, meaning these particles stay in the air and circulate throughout your home. This can significantly compromise your home’s indoor air quality. Plus, over time, the reduced airflow can cause severe damage to the AC, which can result in costly repairs. You can keep dust to a minimum and avoid expensive HVAC repairs by regularly changing the AC filter.

Contact Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling at (606) 436-0682 to learn more about AC filters and how they impact indoor air quality. One of our technicians can change your filter for you as well as make upgrade recommendations.

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