AC & Heater Repair in San Antonio

Keeping Air Ducts Clean

Air ducts make the air go round – at least in our homes. And when they get dirty, who knows what kind of dirt we’re breathing in. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your air ducts clean. A large part of keeping your air ducts clean is monitoring your filter. This means knowing when it gets dirty and how long it’s been since you last changed it.

When should I change the filter?

1. Rule of thumb is to change the filter every 3 months (or with the changing seasons) as dust can easily accumulate.
2. Do you have pets at home? Change the filter more often – about every 2 months.
3. Whenever it’s dirty, it needs to be cleaned – no questions asked. If you take it out and find that your white filter is now black, dusty, and full of debris, it’s time for a new one.

What can a dirty filter do?

There’s a lot that can happen to your HVAC system when your filter is dirty, and none of them are good.

1. A dirty filter can slow the airflow in your home.
2. Debris can build up in your air ducts (and blow into your home)
3. Your system works harder to pump out more air, such wastes energy
4. Ultimately, a dirty filter that is unchanged can lead to system failure

What are the major signs my air ducts needs to cleaned?

1. Look for large buildups of dust and pet hair
2. Inspect for mold, as this can be hazardous to your health
3. Check for signs of pest and rodent infestations

Whenever you’re in doubt and need an extra hand troubleshooting your home’s HVAC system, give the professionals at Schmidt Mechanical a call. For more information about our services, including AC repairs, installations, and maintenance, give us a call at (210) 361-7002 or visit our website.