If you’ve been wondering why your HVAC unit isn’t delivering the desired results, chances are there’s a simple factor you’ve been overlooking. Failing to maintain clean air filters in the heating and cooling systems is a contributing cause of poor air quality that can affect the health and well being of your family.
It may also result in clogging and buildup within the unit that can make your system operate less efficiently and eventually break down. So while changing filters is a simple, relatively inexpensive chore that’s easily overlooked — out of sight, out of mind — it’s an essential one for these reasons and more.
Key reasons to change your air filters on a regular schedule include:
- Keeping the air in your home clean — When filters get dirty, particles and debris that cause asthma and allergies become increasingly prevalent. The simple act of changing filters contributes to protecting your family’s health.
- Making sure your HVAC system lasts — Swapping out air filters at recommended intervals is among the most effective ways to extend the service life of your unit. You get longer-lasting peak operating performance and reduced expenses relating to repairing systems and replacing expensive equipment.
- Lowering your utility bill — Old filters lead to dirt and debris inside the unit that have a debilitating effect on critical components. The result is a unit that continually has to work harder, driving up the costs of heating and cooling your home.
Changing Your Air Conditioning and Furnace Filters
The U.S. Energy Department recommends changing the filters in your HVAC unit at least every month or two. When was the last time you changed yours? If it’s been anywhere beyond three months, it’s almost certainly overdue. Even if you’ve been remiss in the past, it’s never too late to get on a schedule that ensures you keep the air quality in your home clean and avoid conditions that cause your system to use up extra energy.
Consider these strategies for making sure you stay on top of your air filter changing routine.
– Choose a day, such as the first or last of the month, to regularly inspect and replace — if necessary — air filters used in your HVAC systems.
– Let the weather be a reminder. The most crucial time to change your filters is during the summer and winter, when your units are typically working the hardest.
– Know your system’s exact specifications to make it easier to find the right size filters you require.
– Purchase filters in bulk and store them in your home, so you always have the supplies you need to maintain your heating and air conditioning units.
Whether you’re searching for a reliable source of information on HVAC systems or a partner in maintaining the unit in your home, get in touch with Home Climates today. We’ll be happy to share what we know about changing air filters, servicing heating and cooling systems and more.