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How Indoor Air Quality Affects AC Efficiency

Your air conditioning system is critical to your comfort during the long, hot summer season in Carrollton, Georgia, so it makes sense to do everything you can to enhance its performance. The single most important action you can take right now is to change the air filter. This basic, affordable component of your cooling system plays a surprisingly important role when it comes to keeping you cool and comfortable at home and maintaining AC efficiency.

The Simple but Mighty Filter

The familiar mesh panel that came with your air conditioner has a big job to do. It not only helps keep the air you breathe clean but also safeguards the equipment against the damaging effects of dust, lint, and debris. Clean-running cooling systems perform better, last longer, need fewer repairs and operate more efficiently too. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that you can improve AC efficiency by up to 15 percent simply by keeping the filter clean.

The Role of Humidity

High humidity levels make your home feel even warmer. Several conditions can increase the humidity level in your home. Clogged filters allow dirt to collect on evaporator coils, which impairs the system’s capacity to dehumidify your home and leaves you feeling clammy and uncomfortable. Worse yet, it can cause destructive condensate leaks that damage your home and promote the growth of mold and mildew.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Keeping filters clean helps to ensure that the air your cooling system introduces into your home is free of pollutants and allergens. It also enhances a robust air flow, providing you with that cooling breeze you want when the summer sun is blazing in Georgia and Alabama.

At Merrell & Associates, we make it a point to include filter changes in our maintenance plans, and we’re happy to show you how to install them as well. For more information about how to improve AC efficiency and your comfort, take a look at or cooling solutions or call us today at 770-872-4171.

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