The Costly Drawbacks of Not Changing Your HVAC Air Filter Regularly
HVAC Air Filter: Benefits of Frequent Replacement
Most people do not think about their HVAC system until it stops working. A clogged air filter is a top reason your HVAC system malfunctions. One of the easiest ways to avoid AC system complications is to consistently change your air filter.
Since this process is so crucial it is important to understand why air filters should be changed regularly.
How do HVAC air filters work exactly?
Air filters use pleated paper or highly spun fiberglass to filter particles out of the air that passes through your HVAC system. The air filter acts as a barrier to prevent contaminants, allergens, dust, debris, mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses out of the air.
How often do should you change your HVAC air filter?
Each filter type has a different replacement schedule. Most air filters are replaced every 30 to 60 days. However, there are times when that schedule may need to be altered. Here are some examples: (based on high-quality filters)
A filter with no pets in a regular-sized home can be changed every 60-90 days
Single pet home, the filter can be changed every 45-60 days
For multiple pets, homes with people with allergies, you may need to change your HVAC air filter every few weeks or not more than 30 days
The Effects of Not Changing Your HVAC Air Filter
When air filters are not changed frequently, they can get clogged by the buildup of particles and contaminants. The build-up can reduce airflow and cause multiple problems for your AC system.
A clogged air filter will increase your energy consumption and make your system work harder to distribute heat and air while running.
Reduction in Temperature Regulation
Clogged air filters will make the system strain to create airflow adequately. Some rooms will be cooler than others during the summer.
There are Considerable Health Concerns
A clogged air filter reduces the number of contaminants that are removed from the air. This means that these allergens remain in the air and are breathed in by you or your family.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to chronic breathing issues that if left unaddressed can lead to serious health complications.
If the air filters are not changed and the issues continue, the long-term effects could be respiratory diseases, heart disease, or cancer.
Your evaporative coils help remove heat from the air to cool your home. They can freeze up if they are working overtime. Clogged air filters mean that the air will not flow over the coils correctly.
As the clamped-up coils “freeze Up” it will lead to a total system failure. If you replace your air filter regularly, you protect your family, your HVAC system, and your wallet.
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Your HVAC system is critical to your home comfort, and proper maintenance is the key to protecting your investment.
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