Your air filter is a very important part of your home. Your air filter helps clean the air that comes into your home when using your HVAC system. If your filter is not changed regularly, the air coming in may not be able to come through the filter. Not changing your air filter regularly can cause other problems as well.
How Often Does an Air Filter Need to Be Changed?
When determining how often you need to change your filter you will need to take into consideration pets, allergies, as well as whether you live in a high-traffic area or a quiet area. If any of those conditions apply to you, you will need to change your air filter more often. If you live in a quiet area with little traffic you will not have to change yours as often. Do not wait until the filter is grey and full of dust and other debris to change your filter.
Reasons to Change your Filter Regularly
- Saves you money on utility bills: When the system works harder to push air through a dirty filter, it uses more energy, which in turn costs you more money.
- Extends the life of your HVAC system: This enables it to provide proper airflow throughout your home.
- Keeps your ducts clean: Dirty filters cause your HVAC system and ductwork to accumulate dirt.
- Contributes to a cleaner environment.
- Improves your indoor air quality and your family’s health: Poor air quality may cause allergies or lung ailments to flare-up more often than normal.
What Can Happen When Filters are Not Changed Regularly
- Wastes money: Dirty filters cause your system to use more energy.
- Air Conditioner failure: Clogged filters are the most common cause of air conditioner failure. With the extra energy that has to be used it puts stress on your system which will ultimately cause it to malfunction.
- Costly Cleaning: Dirt accumulates in the ductwork and your system if the filter is not changed regularly. If this happens you may have to pay for expensive cleaning of the ductwork and system to keep your system up and running.
If you are unsure where your filter is, or how to change it, call and talk to a professional at Air Handlers OBX today. Their trained professionals will be able to tell you which filter will fit your system and which will work best for your home. They will also be able to give you tips on knowing when to change your filter.