Cleaning your air conditioning filter is good for your health.
Regular cleaning of your air conditioning filter is not only vital to your air conditioner’s performance, but it could also affect the health of your family. We’ve outlined what happens when you don’t clean your filter regularly and what you can do to fix it.
Your air conditioning filter not only impacts the efficiency of your air conditioning unit but can also cause problems to your health. To understand how, and why this happens it is important to consider the job of a filter. A filter is used to clean air as it passes through the unit and into your home. Essentially, it is collecting the dust, dirt and bacteria from the air. However, after this dust and bacteria is collected, it has nowhere to go. Instead, it stays on the filter and builds up. If the filter isn’t changed regularly, this dust and bacteria collection gets bigger and bigger and can become mouldy. Not only does this mean your filter is becoming less effective, but it will blow all the dirty air into your home.
When this dirty air enters your home, it is more than just a nuisance, it creates allergens which can cause health problems for you and your family. Symptoms caused from allergens can include fatigue, itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing or even headaches. Routinely changing an air filter ensures that this dust, dirt and grime are caught before they enter your home and reduce the risk of health problems. The good news is that changing and cleaning filters are simple, and if frequently done, these situations can be avoided.
Other benefits of maintaining your air conditioning filter include:
You’ll save money
The average Australian spends $39 per week on household electricity — that’s $2028 per year! By changing and cleaning your filter, you can save up to 2% of your electricity bill per year.
It’s good for the environment
Not only will changing or replacing the air conditioning filter improve your health, and save money, but it will also help the environment. This is because, as the air conditioner is working harder to generate cold air for your home it is emitting more greenhouse emissions.
By regularly checking your air conditioning system, you can avoid major health issues, save money, and create fewer emissions. If you or your family are showing signs of coughing or wheezing while the air conditioner is on, then it may be time to clean or replace your filter. Contact Star Air Conditioning for more information or if you need a replacement.