One of the most critical yet overlooked components of your HVAC system is the air filter. HVAC filters filter dust, pollen, pet dander, and other small particles out of the air that you and your family breathe. These particles are trapped in the filter to prevent them from being recirculated throughout your home.  When the air filter gets dirty, it can no longer filter out harmful contaminants and airborne particles. Furthermore, it contributes to the dirty air. For this reason, you should replace the air filter every three months or according to manufacturer specifications. Below, we look at several reasons why you should change your HVAC filter. 

Greater Air Quality Control

 As with all the other benefits, when you replace the air filter regularly, your HVAC system works more efficiently while producing the right amount of heated or cooled air. When your air filters are clean, and the air passes through easily, your unit can maintain greater air quality control. When you combine high-quality air filters with a smart thermostat, you can maximize your home’s desired temperature while saving energy costs. It’s a smart way to run your HVAC system.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

The cleanliness of your HVAC air filter directly impacts the quality of the air in your home. The primary job of the air filter is to clean the air that circulates through your HVAC system. The air filter contains fiberglass fibers that trap unwanted contaminants, such as pollen, dust, dirt, mold spores, animal fur, microorganisms, bacteria, and more. Not only does a clogged air filter not work to clean your air, but all of those trapped nasty particles are sitting in your HVAC system. When you change your air filter regularly, you’re disposing of the grime and germs trapped in it, cleaning the air as it passes through the filter. Indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality, and people normally spend around 90 percent of their time indoors. All that dirty air can lead to health issues like asthma, allergies, headaches, and even chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease. Keep your family healthy with clean air by changing your air filters regularly.

Energy Efficiency

Not only do clean air filters improve your home’s air quality, but they also increase energy efficiency. Clogged and dirty air filters require your HVAC system to work harder to push air through your system. It results in higher energy usage, leading to higher energy bills. Changing your air filters can pay for itself in lower utility bills. When you combine an energy-efficient HVAC system with high-quality air filters and change them regularly, you create a healthier environment and save money simultaneously. 

Longer Lasting HVAC Performance

One of the main benefits of changing your HVAC air filters is that it extends the life of your unit. A new HVAC unit is costly, and you want to ensure your system lasts for its full life expectancy. You can help extend the life of your unit with regular HVAC maintenance, including regularly changing your air filters. When your air filters are worn or dirty, your system has to work harder to push air through. If the dirt and grime cannot get trapped in a full air filter, they can clog up your HVAC system components. Take care of your system to extend your unit’s life.

Fewer HVAC Repairs

It can be costly to repair your HVAC system, like purchasing a new HVAC unit. With regular maintenance and changing your air filters, you can prevent unnecessary damage to your unit. When you prevent damage, you also prevent costly repairs. Some of the most common repair issues we see are the system not maintaining the correct temperature, high electric bills, weird noise, and bad odors. An air filter replacement is often part of routine HVAC maintenance. Certified HVAC technicians can evaluate your system to identify areas needing repair before your system breaks. Changing the filter helps you avoid further damage that leads to expensive repairs. Lower your frequency of HVAC repairs by maintaining your system from the start.

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