Changing an HVAC filter only takes a few minutes, but it’s a job that pays off handsomely. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that replacing dirty air filters in your Dallas, Texas, home can reduce energy costs by up to ten percent. Changing a dirty filter can also extend the lifespan of your heating and cooling systems and lower repair costs by reducing wear and tear. You also benefit from maximized HVAC performance. If you’re still not convinced, here are three more reasons to replace your air filter regularly.
Better Indoor Air Quality
A dirty filter pollutes your entire HVAC system as well as your indoor air. Dust, dirt, bacteria, mold spores, pet dander, pollen and other nasty allergens can follow whenever the system kicks on. These airborne particles can worsen respiratory conditions and leave you feeling like you have the flu. The easiest way to improve indoor air quality is to replace your air filter as required.
Lower Energy Bills
A dirty filter allows dust and dirt to affect the cooling coils of your AC system. This can lead to frost buildup on the fan and coils. It also reduces HVAC performance and makes your air conditioner work harder to cool your home. A dirty filter makes your furnace or heat pump work harder too. The harder your heating and cooling systems have to work, the higher your energy bills will be until the matter is corrected.
Healthier HVAC Equipment
Clogged air filters restrict HVAC airflow. Blocked airflow can severely damage your equipment. You could be looking at expensive HVAC repair costs or even system replacement. An HVAC filter usually needs to be replaced about once a month. However, changing it more often may be necessary if you have allergies, a respiratory condition or pets. When your system gets its annual tuneup, your technician will change the filter as part your HVAC maintenance service. For the rest of the year, it’s up to you.
Are you concerned about whether or not you’re using the right filter or if you’re changing it often enough? Contact your qualified team at Freedom Heating & Air at (214) 272-0772 for more information.