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Air Filter Maintenance

Changing your air filter is more important than most people realize.  A dirty filter negatively affects the quality of the air that you breathe and reduces the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20%.

AC filters should be replaced or cleaned on a regular basis. The rule of thumb for filter replacement is every three months, however, depending upon the season, where you live, and which filters you use, you may need to replace your filter more frequently.  A better filter will catch more pollution and therefore may need to be replaced more often.  Check your AC filter once a month to be on the safe side, and always check the manufacturer’s recommendation as they might have an optimal time frame for filter replacement that is specific to the system you purchased.

The filters are usually easy to locate and easily removed.  The old filters slides out and the new filter slides in; there are no additional actions required.  Most filters are inexpensive, one-time use filters that do not require cleaning and may be disposed of without special precautions. The more expensive, permanent filters are made for extended use and should be washed and air dried before you return them to your system.

Efficiency ratings are the best indicator of its ability to catch air pollution.  Use the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) as your guide when selecting an air filter.  The higher the MERV, the better the air filter.  The MERV 12 pleated filter, a HEPA filter or an electrostatic filter are all excellent choices but must be changed more often.

Anytime Heating & Cooling serves metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Anytime HVAC service technicians are skilled in A/C repair and service; heating and cooling system maintenance; and the installation of new air conditioning units. The experts at Anytime Heating & Cooling are ready to help you anytime–offering 24/7 emergency service, scheduled appointments, and free estimates for new A/C systems. Call today (770) 504-5881 or visit us on the web at www.www.anytimehvac.com.

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