Changing the air filter in your HVAC system is one chore that’s easy to neglect. Learning the impact a clean filter has on your living environment and costly HVAC equipment can help you understand why it’s vital to make monthly checks and regular filter changes a part of your routine.
Key Benefits of Regular Filter Changes
- Improved indoor air quality – Timely filter replacements keep dust and the allergens and unhealthy contaminants it contains from collecting in the ductwork and circulating throughout your home every time the blower fan cycles on. Keeping the duct system clean is especially important if anyone in the household suffers from allergies, asthma or chronic respiratory conditions.
- Extended equipment life span – By changing the filter regularly before it becomes clogged with debris, critical system airflow is maintained and the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard to meet your desired comfort level. This prevents overheating, which helps you avoid costly breakdowns. It can also prolong the service life of expensive components like the A/C compressor, fan motor and furnace heat exchanger.
- Energy savings – Checking and replacing the air filter on a regular basis stops dust and dirt from building up inside the system and blocking essential heat transfer. When airflow and heat transfer are at optimal levels, the HVAC system uses less energy to maintain comfort, and this helps keep your operating costs in check.
Helpful Air Filter Replacement Tips
Be sure to follow these suggestions when you’re making filter changes:
- Inspect the air filter monthly and replace it when you see any sign of accumulated dirt.
- Check the equipment’s manual or ask your HVAC pro about the type and size of filter needed.
- Never install a filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating that’s higher than the manufacturer’s recommendations to avert serious system airflow restrictions.
Learn more about changing the air filter, as well as Thermacon Service Company’s other indoor air quality solutions, or call us today at 866-797-1535.
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