Is your HVAC system ready for the upcoming winter? No is a great time to have the parts and components inspected by us. It is recommended to have the filter changed every month, especially during the winter and summer months, when your HVAC unit gets the most use. At the bare minimum, do not let three months go by without swapping your dirty one out for a new one. Here are some benefits that the filter does for your home.
Extending the life of the HVAC unit
The most common reason a heating system breaks down is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air cannot pass through, or the system overheats. The motor will then have to work harder to heat your home. In a best-case scenario, the unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system.
Decrease Energy costs
When that clogged air filter is working harder, more energy is being used. And when it requires more energy to make your heating and air conditioning to work, it causes your energy bill to skyrocket. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from five to fifteen percent on your utility costs.
Better air quality
This is particularly important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. Dirty air filters worsen the air quality and can exacerbate symptoms. If you have pets, it is even more important because pet dander will accumulate in the system and then spread allergens throughout the household. It is an easy fix to replace your filter and prevent air quality from deteriorating.
The System is clean
Dirt clogged up in the filter can lead to polluting the entire HVAC system. That means extra repairs, services, and parts that you have not budgeted for or were planning on. Replacing your filter is an easy, inexpensive step to take to save money, extend the life of your system and improve your indoor air quality. It also decreases the amount of energy your family uses. When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number, which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number, the better the filtration is.