Every one has heard about the maintenance you need to perform on your HVAC system to ensure it runs at peak performance. From professional services, to your own diligence contribute to overall function of your system. One of many mundane maintenance acts includes routinely your air filter. What seems so minuscule can lead to extreme consequences. Today, we at Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning would like relate the negative impact your HVAC system and home can face if you are not diligent with changing your air filters regularly.
What Happens if You Don’t Change the Air Filter in Your House
1) Frozen coils: The filters are designed to allow airflow while still retaining the debris that is floating in the air. As the air filter buildup however, the airflow is restricted. Without proper airflow, the coils are unable to adequately perform their function, in so doing, the coils will freeze up. Without the air coils operating accordingly, your home will not be cooled.
2) Short-cycling: Throughout the day, your air conditioner will cycle on and off when it is needed. However, the dirty air filters influence the air conditioner to cause the cycling to occur far more frequently than needed. This results in wasted energy you paid for, uncomfortable conditions in the home, and additional pollution caused by frequent cycles.
3) AC System Inefficiency: In an effort to save a few dollars on replacement filters, you are costing more in utility bills, as the system is trying to compensate for the dirty filters, forcing everything to work harder and costing you more in operating costs. Additionally, even if the buildup is not resulting in frozen coils, the compact debris is still restricting airflow, making the system perform poorly. Cold and hot spots is often a major sign of inefficiency.
4) Excessive Wear and Tear: The dust and debris that is trapped on your air filter will not be able to collect after so long. Meaning, the dust that should have been accumulating onto the filter is now freely settling where it happens to land, including the components of your HVAC system. As the filth penetrates into the moving parts, lubricant dries out, and the grit causes more wear. All too soon you will need repairs and possibly replacements. Keeping your air filter clean can minimize the effect.
5) Allergies: Air filters do not just collect dust, but common allergens such as pollens, dust mites, pet dander, fur, and other such substances that provoke allergy symptoms. Keeping your air filters clean will improve the indoor air quality and the allergens found in the air. Those that suffer from frequent allergies, asthma attacks, or respiratory problems can find some relief with regularly changed air filters.
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Air filters should be checked once a month, especially in homes where there are multiple residents, pets, and smokers. More often than not these air filters will need to be changed or cleaned, depending on your air filter. If you are due for maintenance or are in need of routine HVAC system services, contact the pros of Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning today and let our experts do the rest!