One of the most important things your can do to help your AC work efficiently is to regularly change your air filter. There’s a reason you see air conditioning companies talk about this topic so much – it’s that important. According to the Department of Energy, a dirty air filter can affect your AC unit’s efficiency by up to 15%. During the summer, that could be as much as $20-25 a month in extra energy costs.
From May-September, Champion AC and CPS Energy both recommend checking your air filter every two weeks and changing that filter if it’s dirty.
“Filters are the lungs of your AC system,” according to CPS Energy’s Albert Cantu. “If your filter is dirty, your system has to breathe harder. If you’re not changing your filters like you should, it causes your system to choke, run longer and greatly increases your energy bill.”
For more on the importance of clean air filters and other energy tips, visit the Champion AC website.