Air Filters Are More Beneficial Than You Think
The simple way to prolong your system’s life
Who would have thought that the least expensive component to your HVAC system is one of the most important? Not me. An air filter costs at most $10 from your local Walmart or home store. When you have clean filters you can get duct cleanings less frequently and you will save on parts or replacement of your system.
Breathe Easier with Dust and Clog-Free Vents
You can take that extra weight off of your shoulders and lungs by just maintaining your air filters. If they are covered with dust or you can see visible clogs when you hold it up to a light then it is time to change it. Also important is the fact that your system’s air handler requires a specific amount of air flowing through it to perform at the manufacturer’s specifications for energy efficiency.
Filters carry a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating that describes the minimum particle size that they trap. The scale runs from 0 to 16 for residential purposes, and higher numbers indicate better filtration. Not all air handlers can accommodate a filter with a MERV as high as 16, so before selecting a denser filter, either check your system’s owner’s manual or contact an HVAC contractor. Denser filters can slow the airflow as much as dirty filters. The fiberglass filters commonly found in stores have a MERV from 1 to 4, while the pleated filters vary from 5 to 8. Be sure to know what type of filter is best for your specific HVAC system.
Experience Fewer Maintenance Problems
Did you know that the ducts of your HVAC system can be harboring hundreds of different substances that have the potential to harm you and your family? Most of the in-home air arrives through ducts, as part of your HVAC system. The air filters prevent almost anything from getting in your duct system and then being circulated throughout the home. Those air ducts can get dirty with microbes, mildew and bacteria, as well as loads of dust and dirt if filters are not regularly changed. Doesn’t it seem like a good idea change you air filters every month to avoid the costly cleaning of your duct system?
When air filters are dirty, there’s more resistance to air flowing through the filter, which slows air distribution throughout your home and makes your air and heating system work harder and longer to reach your desired temperature. This in turn drives your up your energy bills and ultimately shortens the life of your air conditioner. A system that works harder will die sooner. Give your A/C a long old life by keeping up with those filters!
So how important is changing you air filters, everybody? Very important, crucial, if you will! There’s no reason to have to spend thousands because of this simple little task. Of course whenever you do need help with duct cleaning or A/C repair and maintenance you can receive a free estimate by one of our licensed HVAC professionals here at Professional AC & Heating, Inc. We are a full service company open 24/7 for your convenience, so give us call whenever the need arises!