Indoor air quality is more important than ever, especially with the current climate of our world, not only due to Coronavirus, but also when it comes to pollution. While your 2020 goals may not have been focused on improving the quality of your indoor air, they definitely should be. At Immaculate Air, we’re here to help make it easier than ever to improve your indoor air quality and your HVAC system. All of our services are designed to give you the best air quality so that you can keep your home, business, employees, and office space as healthy as possible. In this blog we will be discussing the importance of changing your heating and air conditioning filter. Keep reading to learn more and remember to think of Immaculate Air when it comes to all your HVAC needs!
Changing your air filter is something that’s actually pretty easy to do and doesn’t take much time at all. While you can hire a professional, most times you should be able to change it yourself. If you’re needing assistance with changing your air filter or have questions about when it should be changed, connect with us directly.
So, why is it so important for you to change your air filter?
Extend the Life of Your HVAC System
You’ve probably seen it before, your air duct is caked with dust and dirt that just sits on the vents. It’s pretty unsightly, and you may think to clean it because it’s unaesthetic, but it also can be very dangerous. A clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your entire system. So by replacing these filters, not only are you eliminating polluted indoor air but you are also saving your indoor HVAC system. Repairs or replacements of your indoor HVAC system can cause thousands of dollars, while replacement filters are relatively inexpensive (starting around $15). Dirt build up and neglect are some of the main causes of failed heating and cooling systems. This is almost completely avoidable if you pay attention and change your filter frequently, so what are you waiting for?
Give Yourself Cleaner Air
This one may seem pretty obvious, but changing the air filter in your system gives you cleaner, fresher, and healthier air. While everyone can benefit from this, children and elderly people can be especially sensitive to polluted air. Asthma, allergies, and other breathing problems can occur and be heightened if the air around you is heavily polluted. When your air filter is dirty, you’re constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen, dirt, and other particles in the air. You may think that the air in your home is cleaner, but if you’re not replacing your air filters, you may be inhaling air that is more polluted than it is outside. We recommend that you change your air filter at least twice a month, but changing it seasonally, or quarterly, throughout the year is another great way to make sure it’s not going too long.
Reduce Your Bills
Dirty or clogged air filters use more energy than clean, fresh air filters. So, by replacing your air filter and eliminating old dirty filters, you are essentially saving money and may find that your electricity bill has actually decreased. Some people have even saved up to 15% on the electricity bill, and while that may not seem like a lot, every bit counts. No one has ever complained about having too much money!
Save the Environment
Not only are you improving your health, saving money on bills, and extending the life of your HVAC system but you’re also helping the environment. As we mentioned earlier, a dirty air filter causes your electricity bill to increase which also means that there is a lot more carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gasses that are being released by extension. Changing your filter often helps eliminate that, and you end up running your home in a very eco-friendly manner. Changing your air filter can make a large difference in your own life and also the environment.
Dirt, dust, and other forms of grime can block the airflow and therefore provide a space for moisture to gather, which encourages the growth of mold and bacteria. When these form, they can provide an even more solid barrier and will prevent air circulation even farther. Depending on what side of the filter that they gather, they can even introduce more pollutants and allergens into the air. They may also get into the entire HVAC system which can cause even more damage too.
Reduce The Risk Of Pipes Freezing and Overheating
If your air filter is blocked with pollutants, the hot and cold air can’t travel out as easily. This means that your entire system runs the risk of either overheating or freezing up, which are both problematic. You end up paying the same amount of energy or using the same amount of gas and oil, but there will be no change in the temperature. So, don’t run your system harder than it needs to, simply change your air filter and this problem is solved.
All in all, air filters are extremely important and should be replaced frequently. Check your filter every couple of months. Keep an extra one air filter in your home so that it makes it easy and hassle free to get clean air. No matter how long it’s been, make sure that you’re prioritizing your air filters and the indoor air quality of your home. For more information, or questions about when and how to change your air filter, Immaculate Air is here to help. If you’re in need of services when it comes to cooling and air, think Immaculate. With years of experience and excellent customer service, our HVAC experts are here to help you. We are currently open and available to help people, to learn more about what we are doing as a company to stay safe and protect those around us, connect with us directly for more information!