We like to think that we don’t ask too much of you — other than calling us when you need repairs and remembering to schedule annual maintenance, what else is there for you to do?
Oh, wait… we can think of just one more itty bitty thing! Changing your air filter!
See, changing out your furnace’s air filter on a regular basis is incredibly important for a number of reasons, and below, we have outlined some of these reasons for you. All you have to do is keep reading to learn more! (Oh, and of course, remember to call us for all things HVAC in Avondale, AZ.)
First of All, What Does an Air Filter Do?
There is a lot of debris that circulates throughout your home and ultimately ends up in your ductwork. If the debris enters your forced-air heater, it has the potential to cause some significant damage — the air filter exists to prevent dirt and debris from entering the heater itself.
The reason we change our filters is that they are unable to rid themselves of the particles they collect. If they become too clogged, airflow in and out of the heater is restricted, leading to a whole mess of other issues! Therefore, it is important to change your air filter every 1–3 months during the heating season.
Here’s What’ll Happen if You Don’t Change Yours
Like we mentioned above, it is incredibly important to change out your air filter on a regular basis. Here’s what could happen if you don’t:
A heater that struggles to circulate air is going to be far less efficient than one that is working properly, which can definitely have quite an impact on your wallet! Not only that, but a dirty air filter can cause the system to short-cycle. This is an industry term that describes when your heater keeps turning itself on and off over and over throughout the day. Not only is short-cycling extremely inefficient, but it also places a ton strain on the system, leading to sky-high energy bills and costly repairs.
Increased Repair Needs
When your system has to work harder than it normally does, there is an increased risk of wear and tear. This will lead to operational problems and eventually a breakdown. Obviously, you do not want to be stuck dealing with costly repairs and untimely replacements. Changing your air filter is simple and easy … dealing with a full system breakdown is not.
Decreased Indoor Air Quality
Although the air filter is ultimately put in place to protect your heater, it does have some positive impacts on your health. When the air filter is thickly congested, air may be forced around the filter, and when this happens, it will be distributed into your house! This, in turn, decreases your indoor air quality and can lead to some significant health issues for you and your family.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
If you are unsure about the type of air filter your system needs, where it is located, or how to change it, do not hesitate to ask a certified HVAC professional for help — any reputable pro will be happy to lend a helping hand!