Air Conditioning Filter FAQs

Why Should I Change My Air Filter Regularly?

Regularly replacing your home’s air conditioning filter is essential to maintaining your AC system. The filter itself is located where air is pulled into your system, trapping dust and debris. This keeps your home clean and prevents your coils from becoming clogged. We know it can be easy to “set it and forget it,” so we’ve explained a few points on why remembering is so crucial.


Changing your filter saves you money! When you fail to swap out your filter, it can become obstructed, making the unit’s fan motor work harder than it needs to. This consumes more energy than necessary, raising your electric bill in the process.

Secondly, your AC’s filter affects the air you breathe. Manufacturers now offer filters that are able to remove microscopic particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, and bacteria. A clean home is a healthier home, and this is just as important to us as it is to you.

Most importantly, you can avoid unnecessary air conditioning repairs when you change your filter regularly. Adding strain to the fan and motor from a clogged filter will restrict your system’s airflow. Continued for too long, this will overheat your AC and cause it to fail. Avoid costly repairs as well as Florida’s summer heat by changing your filter faithfully.

How Often Should I Change My Filter?

When it comes to scheduling your filter changes, you should consider the filter type, the number of occupants in your home, your pets, and local air pollution levels. However, Gulf Coast Air Systems recommends you change your filter around once per month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month.

Want to worry a little less about your air conditioning filter? Sign up for Gulf Coast Air Systems’ Comfort Club! We serve the Tampa area by offering this affordable, no-hassle membership, which includes two safety and maintenance inspections per year.

Get your system ready for both the summer and winter months with our two seasonal tune-ups, a written report detailing your system’s condition, a 10% discount on all parts and labor (excluding compressors), and priority emergency repair service.

To sign up for our Comfort Club or to schedule a maintenance service with one of our factory-trained technicians, simply give us a call at 813-689-2082. Gulf Coast Air Systems is the AC repair Tampa leader.

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