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4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your AC Filter

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Most homeowners treat their filter like they treat their in-laws, they deal with them on an as-needed basis only.

But you’re shooting yourself in the foot if you follow that approach. Why? Well, ignoring even a slightly clogged filter actually lowers your AC’s efficiency and increases your monthly energy bills.

To prevent that, we’ll inform you some super easy ways to get the most out of your air filter and save money in the long run.

Tip #1: Make sure you’re using the right “MERV”

Every filter has a specific “MERV” that rates how many particles the filter can capture, based on particle size. Basically, the higher the MERV, the smaller particles it can catch. This means, even very small particles are trapped by a high MERV rated filter.

You most likely have a MERV 1–4 filter right now, most homeowners use these filters because they’re cheap. The downside? They only catch large particles, meaning they provide minimum protection for your AC.

So what’s the “right” MERV upgrade to make? Well, it really depends on what you want from your filter:

  • Want to keep your HVAC super efficient? Go with a MERV 5–8.
  • Want to improve your home’s air quality? Go with a MERV 9–12.

Filter tip #2: Set reminders for filter replacement

Some homeowners don’t mean to ignore their air filter they just can’t remember to replace them on a regular basis. As harmless as it sounds, forgetting a clogged filter can get pricey due to system malfunctions caused by a dirty filter.

To make it easier on yourself, we suggest using your smartphone to help you remember. Most smartphones today allow you to “set reminders” or create an event for a future date.

Filter tip #3: Keep the thermostat fan set to AUTO (not ON)

When you set the thermostat fan to ON, your AC blower runs non-stop even when the AC isn’t on a cooling cycle.

So why is that bad for your filter? Well, the blower doesn’t just push cold air into your home; it also sucks warm air into the AC system. And when the blower brings in air, it passes through the filter, where contaminants are trapped.

So, if the blower is constantly sucking in warm dirty air from your home, your filter will clog up much faster than you are used to, meaning your energy bills will jump up and your AC unit will suffer. Also due to Florida’s environment, running the fan constantly will cause humidity levels to rise.

Filter tip #4: Get annual AC maintenance

During a maintenance visit, your tech should check your air filter and replace it if needed at no additional cost. This helps to keep your AC unit healthy and clean without any work on your end.

Other reasons to get AC maintenance at least once a year include:

  • It lowers monthly bills due to improved efficiency
  • It reduces the risk of AC repairs/breakdown
  • It keeps your AC warranty valid

Nx Gen Heating and cooling is here to take care of all you HVAC filtration needs. Call us today.

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