Replacing your reverse cycle heating and cooling filters on a monthly basis is one of the best ways to obtain efficiency and clean air in your house. However, you may notice that your air filters are getting clogged too fast forcing you to replace them too often. If you experience this problem, it means that you need to carry out a few maintenance tips to ensure that your heating and cooling system runs efficiently. Here are some of the things that could be causing blockage in your filters and what you can do to prevent it.
Pet hair and dander
Dogs and cats periodically shed their hair on your couch, carpet and floors as they run around the house. Since the work of your air conditioner is to suck up all the particles and clean the air, pet hair gets sucked right in and blocks the filter. The best thing you can do to prevent this is to vacuum your floors and couches at least twice a day, so all the pet hair is removed. Additionally, you can get ahead of the problem and brush the pet's hair out yourself every day with a soft brush.it is not ideal to live without pets but you can spare the AC some of that hair by collecting it yourself.
Too much dust
The best way to maintain clean air in your house is to be clean. Wipe, wash and vacuum all the dust from your floors, curtains, windows and carpets. However, if you have a construction project going on in your house that is bringing in a lot of dust, you will have to double up your cleaning routine. Dust will eventually end up in your AC system and block the filters, so it is better to deal with it before then. Be sure to clean the area under construction every evening, and even those rooms that are never used should be cleaned.
Turning on your fan
Unless the temperature is extremely hot, there is no need for the system to run continuously the whole day. However, if you have turned your fan on at the thermostat setting, it will run continuously without stopping and continue to blow air and particles into the filter. You should switch the fan to auto on the thermostat, so it only runs when it's cooling or heating your home.
If you have done all the above and the filters are still getting blocked before time; there must be another problem such as dirty or leaking air ducts that require air conditioning repairs. Sometimes the problem may not be with the filters but other malfunctioning components in the AC that need repair and servicing. Call an experienced HVAC technician to tune up the system and carry out repairs.