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Summer 2013

Changing Air Filters Can Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

If you were to ask an HVAC technician what’s the simplest way to extend the life of your air conditioning system and maintain the system’s efficiency, chances are the answer will be to change the air filters regularly. Having clean, quality air filters in your AC system is an invaluable part of maintaining not only efficiency, but also the quality of the air inside your home.

Air filters help to filter out pollutants, impurities and allergens from the air in your home. While you should change filters at least every few months, there are many factors that can affect how often you should change your air filters. Pets and indoor air quality are a major concern. You may not realize how much pollen and pet dander can get clogged in the air filters of your AC system, even after 60 days of use. Even if you don’t have pets, and clean your home regularly, you should still change your air filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can always call us if you have questions or aren’t sure how often to change your air filters.

In addition to efficiency and air quality, routinely cleaning or changing filters can help extend the life of your system. Airflow is important to the operation of the entire system. When the system has to work harder to function in a normal capacity, all the components are put under additional strain. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear on your compressor, capacitor and other important parts of your AC system. In the long run, the simple procedure of changing out an inexpensive air filter can save you a lot of headaches.

Hopefully this information has given you a basic understanding of and an appreciation for the importance of the filters inside your air conditioning system. If you still have questions or want to have your AC system checked out, call one of our HVAC technician’s today. They will provide you with any further information you need.

Reasons to Consider Ductless Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps This Summer

With the arrival of summer it may be time to assess your home cooling system. If it’s time for you to replace your existing air conditioning or heat pump system, you may want to consider having a ductless system installed. Ductless air conditioning and heat pumps offer many advantages over older models. Keep reading and decide if a ductless system is right for you.

  • Easy Installation: As far as installing a new cooling system, ductless air conditioning is the least intrusive option. As with other cooling systems the noisy components are installed outside. The indoor components are mounted on your walls, and connecting the two are thin copper pipes. No bulky ductwork is needed, just a small hole drilled in your wall to feed the pipes through.
  • High Efficiency: Forced air systems work fine, but the ductwork is a leading cause of inefficiency. Poorly insulated or damaged ducts allow conditioned air to escape, wasting the energy that your system has put into it. With ductless systems the cooled air is dispersed directly into your rooms.
  • Cost Effectiveness: In addition to high efficiency, ductless air conditioning and heat pump systems use very little energy to operate. Because they are easy to install, taking advantage of multiple units is a great way to save even more money. With mounted wall units cooling separate rooms, you can better control the temperature in each individual space.
  • Improved Air Quality: Some ductless cooling systems have built in filtration systems. This allows them to remove larger allergens from your air better than alternative systems. If air quality is a priority in your home, this may be a beneficial feature.
  • Enjoy the Peace and Quiet: Traditional air conditioners, even when working properly, can make a lot of noise. Running a ductless cooling system can save you the headache because of their quiet operation.

If you’re in the market for a new cooling system this summer, give some thought to ductless air conditioning. In the long run, the savings will add up. The convenience alone makes these systems worth the expense. We hope this information is helpful. If you think that ductless air conditioning or heat pumps may be right way to cool your home, call a specialist at Clean Air Act to learn more.

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