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How Often Should You Replace Your Filter?

Your filter helps protect the air conditioner from dirt and dust. If it is not changed regularly, then it can lower the efficiency of the air conditioner. This means that your AC system will have to work harder in order to cool your home. Your electric bills will be higher if your air conditioner system is working harder. Failing to change the air filter on a regular basis can also shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner because it will overwork itself. Additionally, a dirty air filter can lower indoor air quality. Poor air quality can trigger allergies, asthma as well as other illnesses.

Air conditioner filters usually need to be replaced every 30 to 90 days. However, there are some factors that you need to consider when you are deciding whether it is time to replace your air filter. If you do not have any carpet or pets in your home, then you may only need to change the filter every three months. You may also be able to go 90 days without changing your air filter if you do not smoke. On the other hand, if someone in your family smokes, you have pets and carpet, then you will probably need to get the air filter replaced every 30 days.

Even if you think that you do not need to change your filter, you still need to inspect it every 30 days. If you do not see a lot of dirt inside of the filter, then you do not need to change it. Furthermore, if you have trouble remembering when to replace the filter, then you should consider calling a professional company.
Keep in mind that there are different types of filters. If you have a washable filter, then you can simply clean it off and replace it.

Tips To Help You With Surviving 
A Plumbing Emergency

Broken pipes and clogged drains never show their face during a convenient time in your life. It will happen when you are supposed to have company over, are getting ready to leave town, or are running late to work already. There are three very important steps to getting these problems taken care of quickly and with as little damage as possible.

Shut the water off!

The first thing you want to do, especially with broken pipes, is to shut the water off. It is important that you know how to shut the water off before you have this emergency. There are usually a couple different shut off valves that could be used depending on which room you are in, but at the very least you should know where the main shut off valve is. This will solve the problem, no matter where you are in your home. Just keep in mind that you won’t have water to your entire house until this valve is turned back on.

Clean up the water.

The second thing you want to do is clean up any water that has found its way to the floors, counters, or walls. Mopping up the majority of the water, and then putting fans up can really help. You want to make sure to dry it out as much as possible, so that mold cannot start to grow and turn this bad situation into an even worse disaster. Make sure that the dampness is completely gone before you turn the fans off. Having a higher electricity bill is much better than allowing mold to have a chance to grow at all.

Call a plumber.

Finally you will want to call a licensed plumber to fix the original problem. They will be able to fix the problem and help to insure that this doesn’t happen again. The plumber can also give you great advice on how to prevent similar problems from happening in the future.
Following these three simple steps will help to get you back up and running from a plumbing emergency.

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