The Consequences of Not Changing an Air Filter

July 26, 2021

Your air conditioner relies on the system air filter to keep debris out of the compressor unit and out of other critical parts, as well. However, over time, the filter can become clogged with pollen, dirt and other contaminants. Therefore, it is important that homeowners regularly check and replace this critical part. How Often Should an Air Filter Be Changed? Different air filter brands and models are rated for different lengths of time and may perform differently from one home to another. If you have multiple pets in your home, for instance, or live with a smoker, the air filter will probably accumulate particles more quickly and need changing more often. If your home is in an area with high pollen counts or lots of dust, your filter might also need to be replaced more often. On average, most home homeowners need to replace the filter every 30 to 90 days, but GVEC recommends visually inspecting your air filter every month to check if it needs to be changed and is properly protecting critical system parts. What Happens If the Air Filter Is Not Changed? Eventually, the filter will not be able to prevent fine debris from coating blades, motors...

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Simple Ways to Maintain Your Heating System That Don’t Require a Professional

November 5, 2019

While technical work on your heating system should always be reserved for a trained, licensed HVAC technician, that doesn’t mean you have to sit idly by and let your furnace absorb unneeded wear and tear. By administering regular maintenance to your HVAC system, you could extend its life while ensuring its efficiency. The following are a few measures you can take to keep your furnace running smoothly. Change or Clean the Air Filter Regularly This is the most important, and basic, maintenance task that you can handle on your own. Heating systems are equipped with an air filter to remove dust, pollen and other debris from the air. If it gets too dirty, it can restrict airflow. If your filter is reusable, remove it, vacuum off the dust and run it under warm water every few months. If your furnace is equipped with a disposable air filter, make sure to replace it every few months, as well. This chore is as easy as remembering to do it. Clean Out Your System While you won’t be able to administer a full air duct cleaning (call in the professionals for that one), you can thoroughly clean many components of your heating system...

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