HVAC Air Filter: A Little Thing Makes a Big Impact in Your Aberdeen Home
- November 04, 2013
You may pay little attention to your HVAC air filter until your air conditioner or furnace isn’t cooling or heating well. Then you decide it’s time to change it. Aberdeen homeowners should get into a regular routine about changing those filters. A dirty filter that makes your home uncomfortable is past the point of changing.When you wait that long, you’re losing comfort and money, as well as damaging your equipment.
As HVAC filters get clogged, the free flow of air is interrupted. This slows the circulation in your home. If cooled or heated air can’t fully circulate, your comfort level is impaired. This also doesn’t allow contaminants to leave your home because the airflow moves less and less of them. The end result is that you and your family breathe in more pollutants, which can contribute to allergies or respiratory problems such as asthma.
When your HVAC filter is dirty, your equipment works harder. Because airflow is obstructed, the air handler pulls more electricity, trying to circulate the same amount of air through a dirty filter. When air is passing through the return ducts, it can only move slowly, and incoming air builds up pressure because the outflow is reduced. The same principle applies whether it’s a heat pump, furnace or air conditioner.
If air can’t flow through your ducts and equipment because of a clogged HVAC air filter, you’re hastening a breakdown of HVAC components. An HVAC air filter was originally developed to keep the equipment clean and operating properly. Filter technology improved when the importance of clean indoor air was recognized. A basic rule of thumb is to replace an HVAC air filter every three months, or as soon as dust and dirt is visible on the filter.This ensures better circulation, healthier air and peak efficiency in your equipment.
If you have questions about your HVAC air filter, please contact the pros at Comfort Services, Inc.. We proudly serve homeowners throughout the Aberdeen area.