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How Airflow Resistance Affects Your AC

man-with-air-filterWhen you need your air conditioner, you don’t really want to have to think about it. You want to adjust the temperature at your thermostat to your desired setting, and you want your air conditioner to achieve and maintain that temperature throughout your home for as long as you desire. Unfortunately, the fact is that you are still dealing with a mechanical system when it comes to your AC. That means that problems are going to arise from time to time.

While there is no way in which to completely eliminate the risk of the problems developing with your air conditioner, you don’t need to be actively increasing the likelihood of running into such problems, either.  That is actually precisely what you are doing, though, when you fail to change your air filter as needed. Failure to do so results in increased airflow resistance in your system, and over time that can lead to the need for air conditioning repair in Fresno, CA.

Airflow Resistance: What’s the Big Deal?

Changing your air filter may not sound like that big of a deal, and it may not be a particularly difficult task to manage, but it is a vitally important thing to do. Why? Because excessive airflow resistance in your air conditioning system can actually lead to very big problems. And quite the variety of them, as well.

The first thing to suffer is likely going to be the energy efficiency with which your home cooling system actually cools your home. Again: why? Because the harder that your system has to operate in order to force air through your air filter, the more energy it is going to use in doing so. Because all of the air cooled by your home cooling system is going to pass through this air filter, it can really start to add up in terms of inefficiency.

There is also your indoor air quality to consider—though maybe not exactly in the way that you’d imagine. This air filter is of a relatively low efficiency, and its job is actually not to protect the quality of the air throughout your home. However, a very dirty air filter can create so much airflow resistance that it actually forces air around the filter: path of least resistance, and all that. That can allow for the introduction of some pollutants into the air that you distribute throughout your house.

Finally, there is the overall condition and operational quality of your air conditioner to consider. If you have a dirty air filter in place, your system is going to incur a lot of wear and tear that is otherwise easily avoidable. That increases the risk of encountering damages and needing repairs. The system may overheat and start to short cycle, as well. That adds even more wear and tear, subtracts even more energy efficiency,  and leaves you less comfortable than you should be. That’s a pretty lousy deal, if you ask us.

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