Did you know that regularly changing your AC/heating system filter is one of the most critical, yet easiest ways to extend the overall life of your system? It’s also one of the most important do-it-yourself maintenance steps you can perform to maintain peak efficiency. How often you should change the filter varies based on a number of factors: the size of the home and HVAC system, how many people and pets live there, and the type of filter used (e.g., fiberglass versus pleated), as well as whether anyone in the home smokes. Taking all these factors into account, the AC/heating filter needs changed anywhere between every one to every six months. At GVEC Home, we recommend at least inspecting, if not changing the filter every month regardless of the above factors.
Here are some top reasons to change your HVAC system filter regularly.
Better Air Quality
The filter’s main purpose is to collect particles that would otherwise float into the indoor air. A clean filter works more efficiently and leads to better air quality in your home. It can catch things like dust, pet dander, pollen, smoke and microorganisms that worsen allergies and can even make you sick.
Excessive buildup on the filter can cause these particles to be released back into the environment. It can also cause your system to work harder, decreasing efficiency and overall lifespan—more on that below.
Energy and Cost Savings
Your HVAC system will be at its most efficient when the filters are clear, meaning it will use less energy and cost less to run. You’ll also be contributing to a better quality of life for you and your family because fewer particulates and pollutants will circulate in your home where they can negatively impact health and wellbeing.
Your HVAC unit will last longer when it doesn’t have to work as hard. When a filter is dirty and clogged, motorized parts are under greater pressure and work harder. This can cause them to wear out more quickly, leading, potentially, to avoidable breakdowns and unnecessary repairs or even to complete system failure. A sufficiently clogged filter can even lead to dangerous overheating, posing a significant fire hazard. As we mentioned, changing your AC/heating filter is simple, quick and easy. Filters aren’t terribly expensive either, so you’ll reap large benefits for small investments of time and money.
Call GVEC Home for all Your AC/Heating Needs
At GVEC Home, we offer a complete line of HVAC products, including AC/heating systems from Champion® and Bryant®. We also offer professional installation, repair and maintenance services. For more information, call 877.466.5506.