Sometimes it’s not until we notice we’re too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter that we remember we should check our air filters. However, not regularly changing your air filter can lead to a whole host of issues for you and your family. Here’s why this seemingly small part of your HVAC unit is extremely important and why you should never forget to change it.
A dirty or clogged air filter results in your system not being able to run as efficiently as it should. When your filter is not clean, air has a harder time flowing through it which results in your entire HVAC system working much harder to reach the desired temperature. Because of this, you might notice it takes much longer for your home to heat up or cool down.
Increased Energy Bills
Because your system must work harder when air cannot freely flow through it, this results in higher energy bills. The last thing any homeowner wants is to be out extra money on energy bills because of a preventable issue. Regularly checking your air filter will save you money in the long run!
An air filter’s job is to filter out contaminants from the air and keep them from spreading throughout your home as well as the unit. The extra stress that the system is under due to compensating for a dirty filter can lead to unnecessary wear on the unit that could result in permanent system damage.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality might not be the first thing people consider in their homes, but it is extremely important. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Poor Indoor Air Quality can lead to a whole host of health problems. A clean air filter works to filter out pollutants from the air in your home and protect you and your family from inhaling dangerous contaminants.
Negative Health Effects
Air filters work to filter out pollen, dust, animal fur, lint, mold, and much more. Without the filter’s protection, these contaminants would be freely dispersed throughout your home by the HVAC system. Allergens like pollen and dust can lead to many symptoms such as dry eyes, itchy throats, and headaches. If you notice your allergies seem to have gotten worse, then checking your air filter is a good step.
How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?
How often your filter actually needs to be changed can vary, but it is recommended that you check it monthly. In general, many filters will last around 90 days; however, this time can be affected by the specific circumstances of your home and what kind of filter you use.
If you are in need of any HVAC maintenance and want to ensure your system is running in top condition, contact Lowery now! Our team of experts is here to help you with all of your HVAC needs.