Most homeowners are aware that they need to change their air filter periodically. However, not everyone knows just exactly how important an air filter can be to maintaining a healthy and safe home environment. In this post, we are going to discuss one of the most over-looked and underappreciated parts of the central HVAC system – the air filter.
Why Replacing Your Air Filter is Important
The air passing through your HVAC system runs through the equipment’s air filter before it circulates through your home. The filter captures pollutants that enter your home from the outdoors. This includes dust, dirt, mold, pet dander, and other allergens. The air filter traps these contaminants before they have the chance to circulate through your home, helping you maintain a healthy indoor air quality.
When you air filter becomes clogged or dirty, air cannot pass through it as readily, which makes your HVAC system work harder than necessary to keep your home comfortable. This can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your equipment’s parts, which can result in malfunction and costly repair needs. In addition, when the air is not able to travel out of the heater or air conditioner, this can cause your system to overheat or freeze up, which can waste a significant amount of energy.
Another issue that occurs when your air filter becomes clogged and air cannot pass through your system easily is that you may find it harder to get comfortable. Due to poor air flow, all of the living areas in your home may not be getting the air they need. This can result in a stuffy and uncomfortable home environment for you and your family.
When to Change Your Air Filter
Though there is no hard or fast rule on when to change your air filter, most home HVAC systems will need an air filter replacement every month or two. The best way to ensure that you’re promoting healthy indoor air quality is to check your air filter once a month and change it when the filter becomes dirty or clogged.
Air filters are relatively inexpensive, but they can work wonders for your indoor air quality. Changing your air filter is also a fairly simple task that you can do on your own without help from a professional. However, if you have any questions about air filters or need help finding the right air filters for your home HVAC system, don’t hesitate to call us! (209) 952-6580.