Air filters are an essential, but often overlooked part of your HVAC system. Air filters don't only filter out dust and pollen that would end up circulating throughout your home, lowering your indoor air quality, but they also keep bigger objects like loose insulation from being drawn into your HVAC system which could present a fire risk or cause damage.
This is why along with duct cleaning and having an air conditioner cleaner come in, you should also either change your air filters yourself or ask the professionals to do it.
Why is Changing your Air Filter Important?
On top of a professional air duct cleaning, if you forget to change your air filters on a regular basis, it could work against you. Not changing your air filters can cause:
1. A Failed HVAC System
The leading cause of a failed HVAC system is clogged air filters. Clogged air filters can cause unwanted, extensive damage to your unit. By keeping up with the condition of your air filters, you can prevent unwanted damage and help ensure your system's longevity.
2. Harm to the Environment
In addition to vent cleaning furnace services, you should also have your air filters changed to help the environment. Not cleaning and replacing your air filters regularly is basically failing the environment. A clogged air filter makes your HVAC system work harder and this can translate to bigger amounts of greenhouse gasses and carbon monoxide being released. Changing your air filters on a regular basis could make a big difference for the environment and should be part of your eco-friendly living.
3. Unexpected Furnace Shutdowns
During a furnace cleaning, you should also have the experts check the airflow. Similar to your air conditioning unit, your furnace also has a certain airflow requirement. The fan motor of your furnace can't draw in enough air if the filter is dirty and this can cause the components of your furnace to overheat.
Once they reach a certain high temperature, the safety shut-off switch on your furnace will activate, shutting down your furnace. By replacing the filter, once the components are cool enough, the automatic reset will turn your system back on. If you fail to change the filter, you could risk having the motor burn out completely.
4. Poor Indoor Air Quality
Not only does exhaust cleaning and air vent cleaning protect indoor air quality, so does having a clean air filter. Air filters help protect your HVAC system and remove unwanted irritants from the air, such as:
- Mold spores
- Pest debris
- Other contaminants
By not changing the air filters, the longer your system runs and the dirty filter releases these contaminants into your home's air, the increasingly dirty your indoor air will become.
5. Harm to Your Health
Just like avoiding a chimney cleaning, not changing your air filters can harm your health. As mentioned, dirty air filters allow dander, dust and mold to circulate throughout your home. And, this subjects your entire family to breathing them in, potentially leading to allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems or make existing ones worse. Cleaning your air filter will help trap these contaminants, allowing your family to breathe more freely.
These are only some of the many reasons why it's important to change your air filters on a regular basis. By doing so, you clean your indoor air quality, protect your health and avoid costly damage to your HVAC system. Therefore, along with things like changing duct kitchen cleaning and remembering to clean out dryer vent, keep in mind you also have air filters to keep clean as well for a healthier home.
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