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Dangers of a Dirty AC Filter

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The air filter in your HVAC system performs an important role. It helps keep your home comfortable and healthy while maximizing your system’s efficiency. If your filter is clogged and dirty, your Sarasota, Florida, home won’t get the cooling or dehumidifying that it needs.

Poor Health

The filter in your air conditioner is designed to trap harmful allergens and irritants. Dust, pollen, dirt, and other hazards are typically caught in a clean and well-functioning filter. If your filter is too dirty, your indoor air quality (IAQ) will suffer, and so will your health. You may experience coughing, sneezing, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, sore throat, and other symptoms. Asthma sufferers will notice more flare-ups. If you’re feeling sick all the time but can’t pinpoint the cause, your filter might be the problem.

More Frequent Repairs

The air filter in your HVAC system doesn’t just protect you from the hazards in your air. It protects your furnace and air conditioner as well. If the filter is too dirty, your system won’t get adequate air flow. This can cause ice to form on the condenser coils. In extreme cases, your HVAC system may suck the entire filter out of its frame in an attempt to get air through the clogged surface.

Higher Operating Costs

If the filter is dirty, your HVAC system will have to work much harder to pull air through. This will increase your operating costs while decreasing your efficiency. Your HVAC system won’t cool as well as it should, though you’ll be paying dearly for the little cooling you get.

Higher Humidity

A highly functioning air conditioner will help manage humidity in the home, but one with a clogged filter can leave humidity unchecked. High humidity levels in the home can lead to mold and mildew growth, increased dust buildup, and health problems.

You should change your filter once a month to avoid these problems. Your air conditioner also needs an annual tuneup to keep everything clean and make sure your filter is in good shape. Contact Climatic Conditioning at (941) 304-4722 to schedule your visit.

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