Your Filter Could Be the Problem
There are a number of reasons why your air filter may seem to get dirty quickly. One reason can be that you're using a one-inch pleated filter. These types of filters get dirty very quickly because they are specifically designed to catch pretty much all of the airborne contaminants. They are made of a very fine mesh that will trap more airborne contaminants. You could get an inexpensive disposable fiberglass filter or a filter with thicker pleats instead. It is important to contact American Mechanical to be sure that your heating and cooling system is working at its peak efficiency.
Your A/C Setting Could Be Wrong
Another reason is that the fan is set to A/C. When your A/C is on the thermostat fan will constantly be running causing air too run over the air filter continuously and causing it to get dirty more quickly. Your thermostat fan should be set to auto which will also help to reduce your energy bills.
You Could Have a Leak
Leaky air ducts can also cause your filter to clog up and especially if it is near your AC unit. Duct leaks will also cause you to pay more for your energy bills. If you suspect that you have leaky ducts be sure to contact American Mechanical so that they can fix the issue for you. Having leaky ducts can mean that you are spending a lot more on your energy bills than you should be and you should get it taken care of right away. A typical house will lose about 20 to 30 percent of all the air that moves through the ducts just because there are leaks, holes, or ducts that are not connected properly.
Your Furry Friends Could be Causing Some Issues
Having pets can also cause more hair and contaminants to get into the air which will eventually end up in your filter. You can help to reduce some of the hair that gets into the air by brushing your pets regularly as well as bathing your pets often to help keep dirt and dust down that may get into the air.