The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Replacing Your Central AC Filter (DIY-Friendly!)

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Replacing Your Central AC Filter (DIY-Friendly!) Keeping your home cool and comfortable in Florida’s heat is no small feat. Your central air conditioning system works tirelessly to make that happen, but just like any machine, it needs regular care to function at its best. One of the easiest and most impactful ways to maintain your AC unit is by cleaning or replacing the air filter. Why is a Clean Filter Important? A clogged air filter can restrict airflow to your AC system, forcing it to work harder to cool your home. This can lead to higher energy bills (studies show dirty filters can increase energy consumption by up to 15%!), reduced cooling efficiency, and even potential damage to the unit itself. Cleaning vs. Replacing: Knowing the Difference There are two main types of air filters for central AC systems: disposable and washable. Disposable Filters: These are the most common type and are typically made of pleated paper or fiberglass. They trap dust, allergens, and other airborne particles. Disposable filters are inexpensive and should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on usage and the amount of dust in your home. Washable Filters: These are typically made of a metal mesh and can be reused. They require regular cleaning (every 1-2 months) with a vacuum cleaner and occasional washing with warm water and a mild detergent. How to Clean Your Washable Air Filter Turn off your AC system and locate the air filter. It’s usually found in a compartment on the return air grille (often located on a wall or ceiling). Consult your AC unit’s manual for the exact location. Carefully remove the filter. Be gentle to avoid releasing trapped dust back into the air. Vacuum the filter thoroughly on both sides using the hose attachment. Focus on removing any visible dust buildup. For a deeper clean (optional): Wash the filter in a bathtub or sink with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse well and let it air dry completely before reinstalling it (at least 24 hours). How to Replace Your Disposable Air Filter Turn off your AC system and locate the air filter compartment. Remove the old filter. Note the airflow arrows printed on the frame. You’ll need to install the new filter with the arrows pointing in the same direction. Write the replacement date on the new filter with a permanent marker. This will help you remember when to change it next. Insert the new filter ensuring a snug fit but not forcing it. Close the air filter compartment securely. Power on your AC system and enjoy the fresh, cool air! Check our video on Instagram on how to change a Central AC filter. Need help identifying your air filter type or finding the right replacement? Contact the experts at Home AC Inc. We can answer your questions and ensure you get the perfect filter for your system. Give us a call at +1 407 724 5615 or visit our website at homeacinc.com for more information. For peace of mind and optimal AC performance, consider scheduling a professional maintenance check-up. Our technicians can thoroughly clean your entire AC system, including hard-to-reach areas, and ensure it’s running efficiently. Contact Home AC Inc. today! Remember: A clean air filter is a happy (and efficient) AC system! By following these simple steps, you can keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long while saving money on your energy bill.

My AC is not cooling enough!

My AC is not cooling enough! 6 reasons why and 6 ways to avoid it! Summer is here; believe us, you won’t feel the AC is not cooling in the middle of December. It’s these days when you are begging your AC to make your home not feel like a sauna.  Due to the air conditioning equipment overworking during these months and owners neglecting them, AC units tend to perform worse and not cool enough. In this blog, we will list the most common reasons why this may happen and how to make your AC freeze you this summer! THERMOSTAT CHECK.  CLOGGED AIR FILTER. BLOCKED VENTS. FROZEN COIL.  LOW REFRIGERANT LEVELS.  UNMAINTAINED OUTDOOR UNIT. THERMOSTAT CHECK It may sound dumb, but have you checked your thermostat before reading this? A common mistake (that we all make) is leaving our thermostat settings on HEAT or FAN, leaving us without cool air. Also, thermostats with low batteries may malfunction or display the wrong information.  Solution: Make sure the mode settings are on COOL. Also, ensure the thermostat has enough battery to work properly.  Note: It’s important not to abuse the temperature settings on your thermostat. Doing so can lead to higher electricity bills and negatively impact the environment. Maintaining an ideal temperature between 75°F-78°F can keep your home cool and save energy. If you’re still uncomfortable, the issue may lie elsewhere, so keep reading for more tips! Learn more ways to save energy (and Money) with Your AC Unit in Florida’s heat. CLOGGED AIR FILTER Have you done any maintenance to your HVAC unit in the last few months? If not, and your air conditioner needs to be cooling more, a common issue is having your filters clogged.  A dirty air filter will limit the air circulating the house, making your AC work harder, spending more energy, and not cooling as much. Especially if you have pets, you should check your air filters monthly to see if they’re too dirty.  Solution: Some home solutions include brushing and vacuuming it superficially to remove dust and dirt. However, we recommend changing it every 2-3 months to keep your air quality clean and your AC cooling.  Check out our video on replacing your AC unit filter yourself! BLOCKED VENTS Another reason the air conditioner may be unable to cool your home correctly is unintentionally blocking the vents. In many cases, people place rugs, sofas, or other furniture right in front of the house’s air vents, limiting the air that flows through them.  Solution: Simply rearrange your furniture to ensure free space around all the vents in your home. Clearing the space around the vent will greatly help the air circulate your house and consequently cool more.  Also, even if there is enough space around the vents, ensure they are open. No matter the space, a closed vent won’t help cool your home. It doesn’t hurt to vacuum the vent periodically if you live in a dusty house to keep the air as clean as possible! FROZEN COIL In general, a coil is a series of loops or windings made from a flexible material like wire, rope, or tubing. Your AC unit uses two primary coils to cool your home: the evaporator and the condenser. They work together through a refrigerant cycle to transfer heat from inside your home to the outdoors. If your AC’s evaporator coil becomes too icy, it can prevent proper airflow and cooling. This can be caused by low refrigerant levels or restricted airflow. Look at the image below as a reference to where to spot your evaporator coil:  Solution: Turn off your AC until the ice melts completely, and follow our previous tips to ensure your house’s airflow is fine and it doesn’t freeze again. If the issue persists, don’t hesitate to give us a call at +1 407 724 5615 [Link para llamar]. We are always here to help you with any AC maintenance or troubleshooting needs!  LOW REFRIGERANT LEVELS If you have tried all the DIY solutions written above and your AC is still not cooling like usual, the issue may lie with your air conditioner’s refrigerant levels. Other ways to notice if your refrigerant levels are low are uncommon hissing noises coming from your AC, finding ice in your unit, and increased electricity bills.  Solution: If you’ve checked and found that the refrigerant levels are low, or if you suspect this might be the issue, it’s best to seek the expertise of professional technicians like Home AC Inc [Contact page]. We can provide an accurate diagnosis and effectively resolve the problem. UNMAINTAINED OUTDOOR UNIT Leaving your outdoor AC unit unmaintained for long periods can have multiple consequences on your air conditioner performance. Your outdoor unit’s fan and condenser coil can accumulate dirt, leaves, debris, and pollen over time. This can result in your HVAC system not cooling as much, strain on the compressor, and even system malfunctioning. Solution: You can check on your outdoor unit periodically and carefully remove any leaves or debris in and around it. We also recommend trimming any vegetation around the AC unit to ensure the debris keeps accumulating.  If your AC is still not cooling enough, it’s best to leave the deep cleaning to the experts. Contact us at +1 407 724 5615 for a professional deep clean of your outdoor unit. The unit’s many delicate pieces require our expertise.  To round up all these tips, regular checkups and maintenance will avoid any malfunction of your HVAC system. Take a second to check our annual maintenance plan that fits your needs. We are committed to keeping your AC cool and ensuring your satisfaction. As your trusted partner for all your HVAC needs in central Florida,  we invite you to contact us today at +1 (407) 724-5615 or www.homeacinc.com to discuss your options and keep you cool all summer! 

Saving Energy (and Money) with Your AC Unit in Florida’s heat.

Saving Energy (and Money) with Your AC Unit in Florida’s heat. Florida’s sunshine is terrific, but keeping cool can really heat up your wallet! We are in the top 5 states with the country’s most expensive electricity bills on average. But fear not, fellow sunshine staters – there are easy ways to save energy (and money!). Given that we are AC experts, we’ll stick to what we know: HVAC systems. Let’s face it: keeping cool can get expensive, with your trusty AC unit gobbling up about half (46%!) of your home’s energy use. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got your back! Keep reading for simple tips that you, your equipment, or us (Home AC Inc, certified technicians) can follow to save energy on your AC and keep that cool feeling without the hot bill blues. REDUCE THE WORKLOAD OF YOUR AC UNIT YOURSELF (DIY AC HACKS) SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN BY SPENDING ON THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT SAVING MONEY HIRING TECHNICIANS – WE ARE HERE TO HELP! REDUCE THE WORKLOAD OF YOUR AC UNIT YOURSELF (DIY AC HACKS) As with most things in life, we have to start with ourselves. Small lifestyle changes can go a big way in saving energy and money while prolonging the life span of your AC units. 1. Raise the temperature  (a little bit) of your thermostat.  We all know the feeling: you walk in the door after a scorcher of a day and just want to freeze under the AC. But hold on to your popsicles! Believe it or not, just bumping up that thermostat a teeny tiny bit (we’re talking 1 or 2 degrees) can make a big difference in your energy use.  Think of it like this: your AC is basically your heat fighter, battling the heat to keep you cool. The higher you set the thermostat, the less your AC has to fight, which means less energy is used. Plus, you might not even notice that small temperature change, but your wallet sure will when that next electricity bill arrives—woohoo! So, raise the bar (on your thermostat, that is) and reap the rewards! 2. Give your AC a break.  Decreasing your AC’s workload has (logically) a direct impact on your home’s energy usage and, consequently, lowers your electricity bill. During the day, sunlight peeking through your windows is basically a heat lamp for your home, making your AC unit work harder to reach the desired temperature. Block the sunbeams out with curtains or blinds whenever possible; this keeps the heat from sneaking in and makes your AC’s job way easier. Conversely, when the Florida air cools down at night, open those windows wide and let Mother Nature take over. You’ll be surprised how refreshing that cool night air can be, and your AC will get a well-deserved break, as will your wallet. 3. Clean or replace your AC filters.  As with most of our tips in this blog, the key to money and energy savings is making your AC’s job as effortless as possible. When your AC’s filter is dirty or clogged, it can still fight the heat, but it has to work way harder! Cleaning your filter regularly (like once a month during peak season) will make your AC work more efficiently, require less energy, and even keep you more comfy. If your filter is past its prime and can’t be cleaned anymore, replacing it with a new one is key. Depending on your AC’s type of filter, they usually need to be replaced every 2 or 3 months considering how dirty it is, if you have pets at home, how many people live at your home, etc. Look into your unit’s manual to see how to clean and replace the filter or give us a call at +1(407) 724-5615 and we will be happy to help! 4. Your other home equipment plays a part as well! Your oven, dishwasher, dryer, and other electrical equipment are heat-generating machines, making life harder for your AC to cool your home whenever they need to work simultaneously. If possible, use them in the evening or morning and avoid them during the hottest time of the day. Be strategic with your equipment and make small changes in your lifestyle following these tips, and you will stop getting those crazy numbers on your electricity bill. With that said, if you want to take a step further, you can also look into improving your HVAC equipment. SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN BY SPENDING ON THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT Investing in a high-efficiency AC unit or smart thermostat might seem expensive upfront, but think of it as a long-term money-saving strategy. These upgraded systems use less energy to keep you cool, which translates to lower electricity bills year after year. Let’s explore some of the most effective ones: 1. Smart Thermostats Be honest: how often do you forget to adjust the thermostat when leaving the house or heading to bed?  A smart thermostat can be your new best friend for saving energy on your AC. You can program it to automatically raise the temperature slightly when you’re away or sleeping, and lower it again before you head home. This way, you’re not cooling an empty house, which saves energy and keeps your electricity bill chilling. Plus, smart thermostats are like mind-readers (almost).  Some can learn your routines and adjust the temperature accordingly. So, if you tend to wake up at the same time each morning, your smart thermostat can pre-cool your bedroom for a comfortable start to your day, without running all night! 2. High-efficiency filters A high-efficiency air filter is like a clean air filter for your car. It lets clean air flow freely, allowing your AC to work less intensely to keep you cool. This translates to using less energy and potentially lower electricity bills – happy planet, happy wallet! High-efficiency filters also do double duty by trapping more dust and allergens from circulating in your home. This can be especially helpful for allergy

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