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Air conditioning filters are without question, one of the most critical elements in your air conditioning system. If it were not for this component, the air supplied by your central air system or air conditioning unit would be unclean and every breath you take would bring dangerous toxins into your body. All of the individual elements of the air conditioning system heavily rely upon the air conditioning filter to be unclogged, hygienic and clean. Regularly replacement of the air conditioning filters is the most reliable way to guarantee that your air conditioning unit is operating at a quality standard and that the air you are breathing is safe and unpolluted.

If your air conditioning filters are left unclean over a period of time, you will notice considerable increases in the amount of energy you are paying for on a monthly basis and the life of your equipment will be shortened. All of the elements in an air conditioning system work together and all are dependent upon the peak performance of your filters. One element of the system cannot function without the other. In other words, the efficiency of the heating and cooling in your home is based directly on the performance of your air filters.

For domestic air conditioning systems, the filter should be changed every 30 to 60 days. In commercial buildings with industrial air conditioning systems, it is recommended that the filters be changed every 14 days because of its constant running. It is optimal to plan this into your monthly cleaning routine, rather than waiting until the dust has accumulated into visible dust mats on the filter. Changing the filter as part of your regular routine will ensure that you are providing the healthiest and safest environment for your family or employees and customers.

So, how can you know if your filter is functioning effectively? The most common mode used to judge this is by using “MERV”, which stands for “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value”. In this rating, an air conditioning filter is rated from one to 12. If the rating is higher, the filter is more efficient at removing contaminants such as pollen, mold, dust, dander and other common allergens. This provides a better defense for the rest of the equipment in your air conditioning system.

When installing the air conditioning filter, it is imperative that the correct size is purchased and that it is installed in the appropriate direction. This is usually designated by an arrow which is found either on the face of the filter or on its side. Placing the filter in the correct position will allow for airflow in the appropriate direction as indicated by the arrows. This will enable the filter to function properly as the air is forced through the most reinforced part of the filter, thus ensuring top quality air circulating throughout your home or business.

When fitting the air conditioning filter, it should be tightly fit into the unit. It is imperative that the filter fits perfectly so as to avoid having unfiltered air entering your air conditioning system. This could damage your system as well as provide an unhealthy environment. The filter will be useless if it is not perfectly fit into the unit.

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