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Your HVAC’s air filters may seem like nothing more than a pleated fiberglass material enclosed in a cardboard frame. In reality, though, air filters play a critical component in your AC as they are responsible for filtering the air circulating in the system. As well, they also keep larger particles from entering the system thus protecting it from damage. Because of their role, air filters get dirty pretty quickly and need to be regularly changed. Otherwise, dirty ones will affect indoor comfort and the AC’s performance and that is why it is very important to know when to change them. Experienced air conditioning companies explain the typical signs to look for so you know when your air filters need to be changed:

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality is a top sign that the filter needs to be changed. A dirty air filter essentially fills your home with dirty, unhealthy air. If you or other household members notice allergy flare-ups, more headaches than usual, sore throats, and/or congestion, check your air filters.

 

Strange Noises

Every machine makes some noise, and the HVAC is not an exception. The AC system may produce a clicking sound when starting then quietly hum as it runs. While this is perfectly normal, if you hear high-pitched buzzing noises, squealing or squeaking sounds, something is amiss. Different noises indicate different problems, but squealing sounds, in particular, could mean that air is struggling to move through the filters because they’re so clogged. The noise comes as the blower struggles to circulate the air. The squealing sound may also be combined with hot air coming from the AC. This is an indication that the blower is overheating and all these points to one problem – dirty air filters that need to be changed.

 

A Skyrocketing Energy Bill

As dust and debris in the filter hinder the free flow of air, your AC has to work harder to perform. An overworked furnace, aside from producing lackluster heating and cooling results, also causes a huge uptick in your energy bills. As the system works harder and longer than usual, it consumes more electricity. In most households in Canada, heating and cooling already take up at least half the cost of one’s energy bill.  According to the Department of Energy, dirty filters raise an AC system’s energy consumption by 15 percent.

 

Duration of Service

You don’t need to wait for the above signs to change your air filters. Most filters need to be changed every one to three months. Of course, the frequency depends on the MERV ratings, quality of the HVAC, and characteristics of your household. However even with these specifications, if you have more indoor pollutants, your air filters will get dirty faster thus needing more frequent changing. For instance, if you keep pets and have household members who are prone to allergies, you should change the air filters more often than is recommended in the manufacturer’s specifications.

 

One best practice is conducting regular inspections of your HVAC. Your eyes will not deceive you – so if your air filters look dirty, then they are dirty and you should change them. Ignoring these signs will eventually lead to the complete HVAC breakdown leaving you with no other choice but to replace the entire system – a costly affair you can avoid by being more attentive and prompt in action.

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
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Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
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Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
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Eddie, Isaac and saul did amazing work, talked to me about everything, and made sure they installed my new ac properly. Thank yall so much!
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William Bragg
2022-04-08
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We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
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Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
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These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
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Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
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MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
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Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
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Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
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Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!

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