If you want to save money, avoid expensive HVAC repairs, and have good indoor air quality, changing your air filter should be a regular item on your chore list. It’s much easier than you may think to change out the air filter, and it’s inexpensive too. For all the benefits you get, it just makes sense to change your filter out every few months.
The air filter attached to your furnace collects particulate matter and prevents it from going into the air you breathe. If you or anyone in your family struggles with allergies or asthma, this is especially important. Having a good, clean filter can reduce the symptoms and breathing difficulties from these conditions. A dirty filter may also collect extra moisture, which encourages the growth of mold.
An overdue filter change can also lead to dust build up in your home. When the filter is dirty it can no longer collect particles from the air and they will start to build up in your ducts and on surfaces in your home. If you allow your ducts to get too dirty, they may need to be professionally cleaned and this is much more expensive than a simple filter change.
A clogged up air filter means that air cannot get pushed into the vents as easily. This will cause your system to work extra hard to force the air out and it will no longer be working at maximum efficiency. The efficiency can drop significantly enough from a dirty filter that you will see the extra cost in your monthly energy bills.
A loss of efficiency is not the only maintenance problem you may see if you never change your air filter. A dirty filter can actually lead to damage. If the filter is dirty enough it can stop air from flowing and cause your entire HVAC system to freeze up. Fuel will still be burning and costing you money, but your home won’t heat.
Changing your air filter regularly is so important for health, cleanliness, efficiency, and to save money. Doing so is easy and inexpensive. If you need to figure out what filter to use or how to change it, contact the professionals at Brody Pennel to help you get started. And follow the Brody Pennel blog for more important information like this.
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