Did you know that one of the biggest causes of HVAC system failure is clogged air filters? Most people don’t realize the major importance air filters play in keeping their home’s air clean and their environment comfortable. If you’re an air filter novice, you’re in the right place! We’ll share with you how they work and why it’s important to keep up their maintenance.

THE PURPOSE OF AIR FILTERS

Depending on your system, the air filter can be made of fiberglass and pleated paper with a cardboard frame. It might not look like a lot from the outside, but it works hard to keep the home comfortable on the inside. The air filter is inserted into a specific space, commonly in attic spaces. These filters prevent contaminants and other particles from circulating in the air like dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, hair, and more.

FILTER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES

Maintenance schedules can depend on many different factors. For common air filters, a typical schedule runs from 30-60 days. However, the following household factors might impact that schedule:

  • 30 – 90 days: Homes with no pets
  • 60 days: Homes with one pet
  • 20 – 45 days: Home with multiple pets or family members who suffer from allergies
  • 6 – 12 months: Single-person household with no pets or vacation homes who get little use.

SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR NOT CHANGING YOUR AIR FILTER

When you avoid changing your air filter, a build-up of particles and contaminants. It’s not a pretty sight. It can create a barrier that impacts the airflow throughout your home. This impacts other facets of your home in a negative way.

ELEVATED ENERGY BILLS

When your filter is clogged, air cannot flow freely. This makes the entire system work harder to pump air or heat your home where needed. This can increase your energy bills in a big way.

LOSS OF TEMPERATURE REGULATION

A clogged air filter makes it hard for airflow to get where it needs to be. This can make it hard for it to reach a cooler or warmer room in your home.

AN UNHEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

As mentioned previously, your air filter can rid the air of contaminants and particles that can be harmful to your family to breathe. Avoiding changing the filter can cause health concerns as dizziness, headaches, and if it goes on long enough, serious conditions like respiratory diseases, cancer, and heart disease.

FURNACE TROUBLES

As your HVAC system works overtime trying to get through a clogged filter, it can put a serious strain on your furnace. To put this into perspective, filters run around $40, but a new furnace will cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000.

 

Now that you know the importance of regular filter maintenance, make a schedule and stick to it! Put your filter change dates on a calendar so you don’t forget. And if you still have questions about what type of filters you need or anything else filter-related, simply give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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