- Air filters are an important component of your air conditioning unit
- The filter helps protect the unit’s indoor blower fan
- Different air conditioners require their own type of filter
Air filters are an important component of your air conditioning unit. Living in Salt Lake City or Park City can mean you have to deal with a certain amount of allergens in the air. A clean filter can help keep the air fresh, safe, and breathable for the home’s residents. Most people assume that this is the only function of the filter, but that is not true.
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While a filter is great for reducing the amount of dirt, dust, and other particles in the air, the main purpose of an air filter is to protect your air conditioner. The filter helps protect the unit’s indoor blower fan. When large pieces of debris are sucked in by the air conditioner unit, the filter ensures that these pieces never reach the fan and don’t cause damage to the unit.
It is recommended that you change your air filter once a month, or once every two or three months. Though the filter is mainly there to stop large objects from entering the unit, a dirty filter restricts airflow. A clean, unencumbered airflow helps your unit run effectively and efficiently.
Different air conditioners require their own type of filter. Make sure you buy the right size filter and a filter with the correct rating for your unit. Look for the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating to indicate its filtering powers. Typically you should search for a rating of 1 to 4 MERV, anything above that may be too strong and the fibers may stop the airflow.