Air filter maintenance can prevent possible damage to your HVAC system while keeping it running at peak efficiency. Changing your system’s filters also cuts down on its greenhouse gas and carbon monoxide emissions, but most importantly, regularly changed air filters ensure optimum indoor air quality for you and your family.
Prevent Damage to Your HVAC System
According to Energy Star, dirt and neglect are the #1 causes of heating and cooling system failure, but such failure is completely avoidable. Properly maintained air filters clean the air before it gets into the equipment, preventing the accumulation of dirt and allowing air to pass. A clean system’s motor doesn’t have to work as hard and will likely not overheat. A clogged air filter can reduce air flow, causing motors, fans, or coils to malfunction or stop operating altogether, leading to expensive maintenance and possible system failure.
Efficiency and Environmental Impact
Dirty filters slow air flow, making your system work harder. This decreased efficiency wastes energy and results in a higher electricity bill. By consistently changing your air filter you can save up to 15% on utility costs. A harder working system means more energy is used, creating more pollution. Changing your air filters regularly will help you save money and our environment.
Cleaner, Fresher Air
Children, the elderly, and anyone suffering from allergies or asthma will directly benefit from clean air filters. Clean air filters means your system isn’t circulating dust, dust mites, pollen, and pollutants in your home’s air. If you have pets, it’s extremely important to change your home’s air filters to prevent pet dander from accumulating in the system and spreading through the house.
So how often should your air filter be changed? Every three months is a good rule of thumb with more frequent changes for households who have asthma and allergy sufferers, pets, the elderly, and/or children. Relatively inexpensive, air filters can save you thousands of dollars in possible repair and replacement costs. When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number, which ranges from 1 to 12. A higher number means better filtration, but be sure to pick a filter that is suitable for your system. In addition to sticking to an air filter replacement schedule, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance checkups for your HVAC system.
If you have any questions about your home’s HVAC air filters, contact us at Atlanta Air Care for more information. We look forward to servicing you!