August 23, 2014

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Preventive Maintenance At Summer’s End: Air Filter Should Top the List

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Temperatures are still warm in northeast Ohio, but summer will soon be coming to an end. As the season draws to a close, it’s a good idea to schedule preventive maintenance on your air conditioner. Regular maintenance is probably the most effective way to keep your HVAC system working at its best and for as long as possible. An essential part of HVAC system maintenance is filter care. By keeping fresh, clean filters in your air conditioner, you’ll improve system efficiency, prevent damage and breakdowns, boost indoor air quality, and increase the level of comfort in your home.

By the end of summer, your air conditioner’s filter has been subjected to considerable wear and tear. Ideally, filters should be changed every month if they get dirty, but an end-of-season change during routine maintenance is a good way to preserve your air conditioner at the end of its annual duty cycle and get it ready for next year. Filter changes offer many benefits, such as:

  • Fewer malfunctions and breakdowns: Dirty filters are the main reason air conditioners and other HVAC systems break down. A clean air filter with good airflow lets the system work as it was designed to, with no impairment from air blockages. Clogged filters put extra stress on fans and air handlers, causing these components to wear out faster.
  • Improved system performance: Dirty air filters cause the system to work harder to cool your home, which increases the amount of energy used and the amount of money you spend on cooling. Systems that work harder are also more likely to suffer component damage and early breakdowns.
  • Better indoor air quality: Filters trap and hold airborne contaminants such as dust, mold, pollen and even micro-organisms that can cause disease and discomfort. Clean filters are much more effective at removing these irritants from your indoor air.

Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing is a trusted local provider of heating, cooling and plumbing customers in the greater Cleveland area. Contact us today for more information on the importance of filter changes, to get more details on our preventive maintenance services or to schedule a maintenance call.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preventive maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!