It’s likely that your HVAC technician advised you to follow up a professional inspection and tune-up with regular air filter checks. You may not realize how critical it is to keep up with this simple monthly chore. Cleaner indoor air, longer equipment life and improved energy efficiency are just three of the reasons why it’s essential to change your air filter regularly.
Health Benefits From Better Indoor Air Quality
Today’s tightly sealed homes are filled with an array of unhealthy particles that degrade indoor air quality. If the air filter becomes clogged, these airborne particles are redistributed through the ductwork by the system’s blower.
If it’s clean, the air filter can capture many of these undesirable particles, such as pollen, dust mites, animal dander, human and pet hair, insect parts and mold spores. Breathing cleaner air helps your family avoid asthma attacks, allergic reactions and various types of respiratory problems.
Longer System Service Life
An HVAC system requires adequate airflow to work properly. Replacing a dirty filter helps maintain vital airflow and prevents restrictions that place undue strain on the HVAC components. If the equipment has to run with a plugged up air filter, overheating can cause components such as the blower motor and heat exchanger to wear out before their time. Checking and replacing the filter as recommended can keep the system running smoothly and avert costly breakdowns or worse, premature equipment replacements.
Enhanced Energy Efficiency
Airflow restrictions from a dirty air filter not only shorten equipment life, but they also impact energy efficiency and comfort. A reduction in airflow through the system means there’s less conditioned air arriving at the registers. When the filter isn’t changed when it gets dirty, the HVAC equipment has to strain to meet the temperature setting on the thermostat, which increases energy consumption. Changing your air filter regularly boosts comfort and helps keep your energy bills under control.
To learn more about why it’s important to check and change your air filter regularly, contact Pruett Air Conditioning. We’ve helped make life more comfortable for homeowners in the Warner Robins and Eastman areas since 1977.
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