We would like to give you a quick breakdown on the importance of changing the air filter in your home’s HVAC system, as well as tell you how often your filter needs to be changed.
There are a number of different types of filters available on the market, each offering different benefits, but the fact remains that all types of filters need to checked, maintained and changed in order to function properly and safely.
Why is changing your air filter so important?
First, a clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your system. If you check your air filter’s condition on a routine basis, you ensure the longevity of your system — possibly saving yourself hundreds in possible repair and replacement costs. Dirt and neglect are one of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing.
Secondly, changing the air filter in your system ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air. This is better for everyone in your home, particularly children and the elderly, and most especially for those suffering from allergies and/or asthma. In referring to the latter, a clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the air. Instead, your system will be able to purify the air, leaving it clean and healthy.
Thirdly, aside from protecting the HVAC system from unnecessary damage, cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. In simplest terms, a dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean air filter, which means a much higher electricity bill for you.
An air filter that is clogged means a harder working HVAC system, thus it also means a lot of carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gasses by extension being released.
How often should you change your filter?
You should change your filter between 1 and 3 months, with the former being preferable and the latter being the absolute maximum you should allow between changes.
Join our Comfort Club Maintenance Membership to lower your utility bills and increase the life of your equipment. We have a commitment to care for your business or home comfort. Under our Comfort Club you receive two (or four), 78-Point inspection of your heating and cooling system. Most manufacturers will not honor warranties if your unit is not properly maintained. The Comfort Club Membership is designed to ensure that this is never an issue. And no need to try and remember when to schedule your system maintenance– we will call you! Benefits include: free leak checks, 10% off all parts and repairs, no overtime charges, reduced diagnostic fee, priority service, one-year warranty on parts, and filter replacements.