The air filter is a vital component of a heating and cooling system that’s often overlooked. If your filter is only changed once or twice a year during your routine HVAC tune-ups, it’s time to take a more proactive approach. If you’re not sure where your filter is located, talk to your HVAC professional. He can show you how to replace it, as well as advise you on the correct dimensions and thickness, and the ideal type and minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) for your system.
There are lots of other good reasons to put a monthly air filter inspection on your “to do” list, and then replacing it when it looks dirty.
You’ll have lower monthly electric bills. A dirty filter makes your fan motor work harder, and that takes more electricity.
You can avoid a system failure. A regular air filter replacement can eliminate unnecessary strain on key components of your heating and cooling system, such as your air handler fan motor. Proper airflow keeps your HVAC system from overheating, which is a frequent cause of failure.
You’ll reduce indoor air pollution. Your HVAC filter helps rid your indoor air of pet dander, mold spores, soot and even bacteria. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or other breathing problems, they’ll benefit from the improved air quality, and everyone can enjoy a healthier living environment.
You can avoid unnecessary maintenance and repair costs. A clogged air filter may let dust and other debris build up in your ductwork and infiltrate your HVAC system’s components. This can leave you facing unexpected duct cleaning costs, or worse, expensive equipment repairs or replacements.
You’ll lower your energy consumption. When your air filter is clean, your HVAC system operates more efficiently, so your energy use drops, and you’ll use less fuel to keep your home comfortable.
You’re making an environmental impact. Lower energy and fuel consumption can help you reduce your carbon footprint.
For more advice about the benefits of a regular air filter replacement, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We’ve helped residents of the Greater Cleveland area with their home comfort needs for more than 75 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air filters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!
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