Every HVAC product has some sort of filter, from central AC filters that should be cleaned or replaced about every 3 months to the washable filters that are often built into products like portable air conditioners or window ACs. Whether you want to improve your home’s air quality, extend your unit’s lifespan, or save on energy costs, maintaining your HVAC’s filters should be a top priority.
The purpose of air filters is to remove harmful particles from the air and help you breathe more easily. Therefore, the cleanliness of your filters directly impacts the air quality in your home.
- Air filters are designed with fibers that trap unwanted substances in the air, including dust, debris, pollen, mold, and bacteria
- These pollutants negatively affect your health, leading to issues like allergies, difficulty breathing, and headaches
- Cleaning your filters will let you breathe cleaner air that can improve your overall health and help you breathe more easily
Clogged or dirty filters can reduce airflow through your system, which in turn can significantly reduce your HVAC unit’s efficiency.
- A dirty filter strains your HVAC’s functioning, causing it to work harder at pushing air through the system, thus making it less efficient
- With clean air filters, air can pass through your HVAC system with ease, allowing your unit to better maintain your home’s temperature with less effort
Changing your air filters can help you save on repair and maintenance costs because it prevents unnecessary damage to your HVAC system. Fewer repairs means more money stays in your pocket.
- Repair or replacing parts of your HVAC system can cost big bucks
- Strains on your HVAC system caused by dirty filters can force it to work harder, which drives up your energy bills
- Cleaning or replacing a clogged or dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15%
In conjunction with routine maintenance and inspections of your HVAC system, regularly replacing filters can extend the life of the system.
- Running with dirty filters forces your system to overwork, damaging it and thereby reducing its lifespan
- Cleaning or replacing filters can help lengthen the amount of time between major repairs because your system will experience less wear and tear
Safety should always be your first concern, and when it comes to your HVAC system, the simple act of cleaning your filters can make your home safer.
- Dirty filters can pose a fire hazard in a similar way that a dirty lint trap can create a fire hazard in your dryer
- Because the debris that collects in a filter can be flammable, problems with your filter could mean an increased risk of fire
- A clean filter means potentially hazardous material won’t pose a risk for you and your family
Fresh HVAC filters means fresher air
If you dedicate a little bit of time to cleaning your filters, you can help your HVAC system run more efficiently, reduce energy costs, and maintain your home’s air quality for years to come.