Responsible homeowners know regular maintenance tasks prevent inconvenient and expensive repairs. Out of sight and out of mind, however, air filter maintenance, a seemingly trivial task in time and expense, often goes overlooked, taking a major toll on your system.
The many and varied effects of dirty air filters are costing you – BIG.
Heating and cooling comprises about 50% of your energy bills. Add a dirty filter, and that efficiency is lost by 5-15% according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If your utility bills are just $200 per month, that’s a cost of $360 a year.
Dirty air filters reduce airflow to cooling coils needed for condensation dissipation, which can lead to clogged and frozen coils that reduce your system’s ability to cool your home.
Dirty air filters also effect the health of other system components – and yours. Excess dirt from filters can buildup in ductwork, spreading allergens and other contaminants throughout your home and requiring more frequent ductwork cleaning. Expose the surfaces of the dirty filter and ductwork to condensation, and you’re looking at serious and expensive mold issues.
- System lifespan
A system that’s constantly struggling to breathe because of dirty air filters taxes system components. One of the most expensive appliances in your home, the more your system has to fight to operate, the shorter its lifespan - and the sooner you’ll need to replace it.
Changing air filters is more than a once-a-year endeavor.
Though routine professional maintenance should be performed annually, your air filter requires more frequent TLC. Change it at least every three months. If you have trouble keeping track, mark it on your calendar and/or on each new filter.
Should you be changing your air filter once a month?
If any of the following situations apply, your air filters require more frequent changing…
- You buy economy filters.
These inexpensive multi-packs of filters, which are 10-60% less efficient that pleated varieties, require frequent changing.
- You run your system year-round.
Helping your HVAC breathe more freely protects its efficiency and lifespan.
- You have allergies.
Those with allergies or respiratory issues benefit from more frequent air filter changes, which reduces the distribution of allergens and irritants.
- You have a large family, furry or otherwise.
More people = more dust and debris. Ditto if you have pets.
- You smoke.
Smoke is a potent source of toxic pollutants.
- You’re near fire.
This includes fireplaces, the outdoor controlled burning of waste, and wildfires to reduce the buildup of airborne ash in your filter/system.
- Your home is near a large garden, farm, or construction zone.
Dirt, dust, debris, chemicals, and more can be tracked or sucked in to your homes ventilation system on clothing or through doors and windows.
At Aire Serv®, we love our customers, but we don’t want to see you any more often than routine maintenance deems necessary. Prevent system breakdowns and avoidable service repairs. Maintain your air filters for optimum system performance. Click here for more information on air filters.
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