If there’s one thing you should always take care of for your HVAC system, it’s making sure the air filter is clean. There’s a variety of purposes to the filter, and it must be changed on a regular basis to be sure it is functioning at its best. Let’s explore some of the primary reasons why it’s important to switch the dirty ones out and keep clean ones in place.
Maintaining the efficiency
There’s a lot of dander, dust, and other airborne particles that can clog up the AC filter. This results in the decline of air flow thru the system and a drop in the efficiency of the cooling and heating of your home or office. This inefficiency can also have you end up paying several hundred dollars a year more in heating costs.
Preventing System Failure
The same particles mentioned above can come from outside or inside. The blockage that reduces air flow will eventually create stress on the motor and fan. If under continuous stress the system will be less efficient, thus working harder and eventually it can fail. This is another reason to check the filter regularly. A new system can be thousands of dollars, and you will want to avoid this at all costs. The cost of a new filter compared to the repair or replacement is enormous!
One word: mold
In the more humid areas, a dirty air filter will have to also deal with the water in the air. This dampness will allow mold and mildew to grow. This situation will create havoc for people inside the building, especially folks who suffer from asthma and allergies. This condensation may also lead to water-related problems such as leaking down into the roof or walls. When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and is draining properly. Of note: change your filter right away if it gets wet!
How often is “regularly”
We’ve mentioned that a filter should regularly be changed, but how exactly do you know? One primary factor to consider is how often do you use your air conditioner or heater. If you’re in the Mohave Valley where temperatures can maintain temperatures above 100, you probably have your AC running 24/7. In this case, you’ll want to consider changing the filter once a month. This is also the case if you have pets and several people are living in the home or office.
Installation: arrow up or down
You may have noticed that all air filters have an arrow that depicts which direction the filter goes to stay with air flow. You want to make sure you pop that filter in the right way, or it can obstruct airflow and cause the problems if it were clogged with dirt and other impurities.
One way to tell is to check the old filter and just make sure the arrow is going the same way. Another is to point the arrow according to which direction the air flow is going. (see illustration below)
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