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Why Does My AC Need A Filter?

August 6, 2022 | Blog

AC Filter Tips

Just because you can run without shoes doesn’t mean you should. The same statement goes for your air conditioner and its filter! An air filter is necessary for your household’s air conditioning unit and your home’s indoor air quality.

Many problems can occur if your AC constantly runs without an air filter. At Absolute Comfort Air, we aim to keep your HVAC system running smoothly! Read ahead to learn the consequences of neglecting to use an HVAC filter.

What Does an Air Filter Do?

Air filters are made of different materials, such as thin fiberglass, cotton, and polyester. They clean the air that circulates through your heating and cooling systems. These devices block harmful contaminants from infiltrating your household air, a few of which are:

  • Dust and dirt
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold and other bacteria
  • Pesticides

Using an air filter can significantly improve your indoor air quality. Regular use of a filter can eliminate numerous problems for you and your home.

Consequences of Not Using an Air Filter

  • Wear and tear on HVAC System
  • Dirt buildup can damage the components of your heating and cooling system.
  • Your air conditioner’s evaporator coils cannot absorb enough heat with excessive dust. As a result, the coils freeze.

Additionally, your unit’s fans begin working harder and have a higher possibility of breaking. The motors in your AC can also face stress, shortening your overall system’s lifespan. These issues may create a need for AC maintenance or early replacement.

Problems With Condensate Drain

Your condensate drain requires an air filter to drain moisture and condensation from your system. The evaporator coil removes moisture from the air, turning it into water. This water drips down the pan, which deposits the excess outside.

Air filters prevent dirt and other debris from building in your condensate drain. Without it, your unit may experience severe water damage. Potential water overflow can also harm your home, leading to expensive repairs.

Ductwork Issues

Debris that escapes your freon tubes will eventually flow to your ductwork. Without a blockade, your ductwork will become backed up and experience excessive moisture. The wet environment stimulates mold growth, causing harmful spores to spread throughout your home.

Higher Energy Bills

When your system ingests airborne pollutants, it begins working harder to efficiently run. Your air conditioner may stay on for extended periods in order to cool your home. The increase in energy will cause your bills to rise, costing you more money.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Without a filter, your system circulates filthy air throughout your home. Breathing in pollutants can cause long-term health problems for you and the other members of your household.

Consistent exposure to airborne contaminants can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. You should have a professional conduct an indoor air quality test if your air conditioning unit runs without an air filter. This process ensures that your home’s air is healthy and breathable.

Contact Absolute Comfort Air Today!

Your heating and cooling system is reliant on air filters to function! If you have questions about your air conditioner, the professional technicians at Absolute Comfort Air are here to help! Contact us today to learn more about your AC and the importance of an air filter.

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