Did you know that inexpensive and easily replaced air filter is the number one source of heating and cooling problems? Excess dust and debris buildup in this seemingly innocuous device can create a host of issues, leaving your HVAC system to do the hard work a clean filter could be tenaciously tackling.
That Seemingly Flimsy Filter Is a Wondrous Workhorse…
- Providing system protection
Your air filter’s primary purpose is the protection of your HVAC system, preventing large particles of debris from gumming up HVAC components from fan motors to coils.
- Prevention of unnecessary and unexpected maintenance
Air filter clogs during the summer can cause coils to freeze up by limiting the airflow necessary to dissipate condensation from the coils, ultimately resulting in breakdowns and expensive repairs.
- Offering comfort
A clean, properly flowing air filter prevents warm temperatures, uncomfortable humidity levels, and warm and cold spots in your home resulting from reduced air flow and blower dysfunction.
- Reducing energy consumption
This simple an inexpensive component can preserve efficiency, saving you big on energy consumption. According to the Department of Energy, clogged filters use up to 15% more energy and more as dirt builds up. A study by the Florida Public Service Commission points to air filters as the number two cause of high summer energy bills.
- Ensuring longevity
Continually circulating air through a clogged filter can cause internal system damage and eventual equipment failure as it forces your system to work harder to compensate for the blockage of air flow, while a properly maintained air filter ensures free breathing and safeguards its life.
- Preserving air quality
A clean air filter prevents dust and debris buildup from spreading throughout your ductwork and your home where it can take its toll on your health, making it an especially important investment for those with allergies, asthma, and respiratory conditions.
Changing the Air Filter Is Important
For all these reasons, it is essential to change your air filter regularly so it can do all the hard work it needs to in protecting your health, your home, and your HVAC system. How often should you change it? That depends on the filter, and your lifestyle. Inexpensive filters should be changed more often, while higher quality filters tend to last longer. A good rule of thumb is to make a note on your calendar to change your air filter every two to three months. If you have allergies, pets, children, or perform activities in and around your home that stir up additional debris (construction, remodeling, farming), more frequent changes may be in order.
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