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May 20, 2016

How to Choose the Right Air Filter

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Photo: Jackie Bese, Flickr Creative Commons

Clean air filters are key in keeping your air conditioning unit running properly. Filters need to be changed or cleaned on a regular basis to keep your system running at peak efficiency. If you’ve noticed your home is dustier than usual, or your air conditioning unit seems to be straining, it may be time to change or clean your filter.

It is recommended you change your filter monthly or bimonthly. Different environmental factors can impact how often your filter needs to be changed, such as:

  • Number of pets in the home (especially cats, dogs and birds)
  • Overall air quality/air pollution in your area
  • Number of occupants in your home

Replacing the filter is a fairly simple process. Instructions can be found either on the door to the filter or on the packaging of the filter. If you’re not sure of the process, you can always ask your Wilmington air conditioning repair technician to show you how to change the filter when he or she performs the yearly tune-up on your system.

What Should I Look For in an Air Filter?

  • Know the size of your filter – A filter that is too small or too large for your system will keep it from working properly. You can find the size on your existing air filter; but if the size doesn’t seem right, check the panel on the door to the air filter. This panel has a variety of important information, including the filter size for your HVAC unit.
  • Look for energy-efficient models – Your local home improvement store carries a wide array of filters. To get the most bang for your buck, invest in an energy-efficient model. They do the best job of capturing air particles and purifying the air.
  • Check the filtration ratings – Each HVAC model has its own set of filtration ratings. Make sure you get the filter that matches these ratings. If you aren’t sure what the usable ratings are for your particular model, you can look it up online or ask your Wilmington air conditioning technician.
  • Decided on one-time or reusable – Filters are available in one-time disposable or washable/reusable. They work equally well, with their main difference coming down to cost efficiency. Single-use models have a lower up-front cost, but the cost of replacing filters every month or two can add up quickly. Reusable filters are more expensive initially, but, when cleaned regularly, they can prove more cost-effective in the long run.

Call the Best Air Conditioning Repair Company in Wilmington

As summer approaches, you want to be sure your Wilmington air conditioning is up to the task. Whether your system needs a tune-up or repairs, Gold Star has the expertise to care for all your air conditioning needs. We are the #1 air conditioning company in Wilmington, with 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Call Gold Star today at 1-302-947-8694 for prompt, excellent service.

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