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HVAC AIR Filters. Why Changing Them Regularly is Important?

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As a home owner changing your air filter regularly is the best way to prevent unwanted breakdowns and repair bills. When selecting a filter to use in your HVAC system be sure its the correct size, as improper size allows air to flow around the filter and damage vital parts that need to be clean to operate properly. Also when selecting an air filter to use in your HVAC System make sure to choose a filter that air can flow threw. If your filter is bowing or curved then that filter is too restrictive and going to cause motors to fail and need repaired if you continue to use them. We recommend for customers that use 1″ filters to check or change them once a month. Getting a high merv rating or heavily pleated filter is not always better. All that one inch filter is doing is protecting the HVAC System components from becoming dirty. If you are looking to remove dust, pet dander, and other harmful containments from the air in your house we recommend adding a HVAC Air Purifier. Give us a call (724) 989 8569 if you are looking to improve your homes INDOOR AIR QUALITY.

Common Problems When Not Changing Your Air Filter Regularly

Changing your heating and cooling system’s air filter is an important maintenance task that you should do about every three to six months depending on the filter type. Most filters will tell you when to change them as a rule of thumb 1″ filters should be checked once a month and 4″ filters should be changed every 6 months. If you don’t change the air filter on schedule, it will no longer effectively trap pollutants. It will also lead to heating and cooling problems causing you to have to call for HVAC Repair.

Energy Bills Rise

A frequent cause behind high energy bills during the summer or winter is a dirty air filter. As less and less air is able to get through the filter, your heating and cooling system has to work harder putting stress on parts and wares them out faster. Leading to costly HVAC repair bills. 

Obstructed Airflow

Particle and contaminant buildup block airflow in your heating and cooling system. Without proper airflow within the system, it can’t effectively heat or cool your home. Obstructed airflow causes increased wear and tear on the appliance as well.

Inadequate Heating and Cooling

Sometimes, a clogged air filter will cause uneven heating and cooling in your home. It’s also possible for heating and cooling to be inadequate in all rooms when the air filter isn’t changed. Symptoms include poor air flow from registers, hot and cold spots, and thermostat set temperature not being met.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Your air filter plays an important role in preventing harmful pollutants and irritating allergens from getting inside your home. Indoor air tends to be more polluted than outdoor air. You don’t need a clogged air filter further decreasing your home’s indoor air quality. The Heating and Air Conditioning Experts (724) 989 8569 offers indoor air quality services as well as AC tune-ups in your area.

Heating System and AC Breakdowns

Your heating/cooling system is more likely to break down when the air filter isn’t changed on schedule because of the increased wear and tear. Your AC’s evaporative coils can freeze when the air filter is clogged, which can result in total failure or poor performance of your air conditioner. Repairing the AC is much more expensive than changing the air filter monthly.

Hopefully after reading this If You have learned one thing, Its to change your air filter on a regular schedule! Check out our other posts on common problems and things to check before calling for ac repair. If you have changed the filter and are still having problems The Heating and Air Conditioning Experts are here to help, specializing in ac repair, and indoor air quality. (724) 989 8569 We offer Fast Response, Affordable Services, and Same Day Appointments to get your home back to being comfortable as soon as possible.the Hvac experts