Why Regularly Changing Your Air Filters Is Important

You put a lot of work into maintaining your home and keeping everything running as efficiently as possible. At the center of it all is your heating and cooling system, which ensures the temperature in your home is well maintained throughout the day and night. It obviously is important to make sure your HVAC system is running efficiently, but many people do not realize how simply changing your air filters regularly can maximize the potential for your HVAC system.

Here are the top reasons we believe regularly changing your air filters is so important:

MAXIMIZE YOUR HVAC’S EFFICIENCY

In order to change and properly maintain your home’s temperature, your heating and air conditioning system must pull air in from a room, pull it over coils to either heat or cool it, and then blows the newly tempered air through ducts to the other rooms in your home. The air filter is essential to the first step of this process. The air filter’s job is to trap air-borne particles like dust and dirt that get sucked up with the air being pulled into the HVAC system and prevents those air-borne particles from blocking the blower and clogging up the coils. If the blower gets blocked or the coils get clogged on your HVAC system, then it cannot properly perform its job and could eventually damage your system and lead to costly repairs. So, keeping your air filters changed regularly can continue to ensure your entire HVAC system stays clean, clear, and running at it’s maximum efficiency.

MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS OF YOUR AIR DUCTS AND AIR QUALITY

Because your air filter serves as the first line of defense against air-borne particles and pollutants entering your HVAC system, dirt and dust can build up on your air filter quickly. If your filters are not changed regularly they are less capable of capturing and blocking these air-borne particles and pollutants from entering your HVAC system, which will dirty the air ducts and reduce the quality of air being blown back out into your home. Keeping your air filters changed regularly will ensure that both your air filters and your HVAC system stay clean and produce the highest quality air for your home.

MINIMIZE ENERGY COSTS

It should come as no surprise that your HVAC system is able to perform its job more easily when your air filters are working properly to keep it clean and running more efficiently. As air-borne particles and pollutants build up on your air filters it makes it more difficult for the air filter and your HVAC system to perform their jobs and the harder your HVAC system has to work to perform its job, the higher your energy bill costs will go. Therefore, regularly changing your air filters will ensure that both your air filter and your HVAC system stay clean and running at their maximum efficiency and will help keep your energy bill costs to a minimum.

SO, WHAT IS CONSIDERED “REGULARLY” WHEN CHANGING AIR FILTERS?

Now that we know how changing our air filters regularly can help keep our HVAC system running more efficiently and cleaner, how do we know if we are actually changing our air filters enough? How frequently is “regular”? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including the amount of people in your home, whether or not you have any pets, the number of air-borne particles and pollutants in your home’s air, and how frequently you run and use your HVAC system. You should check your air filters every month and change them every 1-3 months as needed.

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