5 Reasons To Change HVAC Filters Frequently
5 Reasons You Should Change HVAC Filters More Frequently
Your air conditioning system’s air filter is designed to protect the system from debris and dust build up. Your HVAC system’s efficiency will become labored if its filter becomes clogged and your indoor air quality will become compromised.
For the average homeowner, how often should you change your HVAC filter and why should you change it regularly.
Why change HVAC filters?
#1 Part of System Maintenance to Prevent Costly Repair
Your HVAC system air filter keeps debris and dust from building up on or around your air conditioning system components. As dust and debris enter your A/C system, it begins to coat motors, fan blades, belts, and pulleys. This build up increases friction and will keep your system from running efficiently causing the air conditioner to run longer. If neglected, the heavy burden on your air conditioning system components will break down. Over time, the increased wear and tear causes parts to fail prematurely.
Your HVAC system needs free flowing air for it to be effective. If your filters are clogged with debris and duct, the flow is compromised. This improper airflow can cause your coils to seize up or overheat your compressor. If this happens, you are looking at very costly repairs that could have been avoided.
Changing your air conditioners air filter is an inexpensive maintenance task that can prevent expensive damage to your HVAC system.
#2 Reduce Your Utility Bills
Reducing your energy consumption is great for the planet and it saves you money.
An HVAC system with a dirty air filter requires more power to provide the same cool temperature. The system is required to run longer and work harder to maintain the same desired comfort level. Changing your HVAC filter regularly allows your system to consume less electricity and perform more efficiently.
#3 Increase the Lifespan of Your Equipment
Replacing your HVAC system is expensive. However, it saves you money and you can increase the longevity of your air conditioning system. The longer your air conditioning system performs at optimal levels, the longer your A/C system will last. Taking care of your HVAC system, which includes changing the filters regularly, will extend the life of your system.
#4 Limit the Amount of Dust in Your Home
Replacing your HVAC filter means less cleaning. A clogged filter means more dust in your ductwork. More dust in your ductwork means the more dust that is circulated throughout your home. Having a clean air filter will reduce dust that is in the air in your home.
#5 Reduced Pollutant and Allergens
Inexpensive paper filters are not designed to remove harmful contaminants from your home’s air. HEPA air filters remove pet dander, pollen, mildew, mold, bacteria, and viruses. HEPA air filters are comprised of densely packed glass fibers. The better quality HEPA filters filter 99% of pollen, dust, and smoke particles. When choosing a HEPA filter, make sure the MERV rating is 10 or higher.
Living in a home with poor air quality can lead to health complications. Change your filter and change it with a HEPA air filter.
How often should you change HVAC filters?
In general, we recommend changing HVAC filters at least every couple of months. However, that depends on your system and your environment. We have had customers that need to change filters every couple of weeks due to high levels of contaminants in the air. Homeowners with more pets may also need to change their filter more often due to pet dander.