Are you one of those people who puts off changing the filter on your AC???
With all the heavy smoke and haze we’ve experienced in recent days coming from wildfires burning in Washington and Canada, it can be unhealthy for your family to operate your HVAC unit with dirty air filters. The unhealthy ground-level smoke has been severe enough to trigger air quality warnings from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency to help protect sensitive groups include children and people suffering from asthma or other breathing or lung problems.
Here’s why cleaning your air filters should be on your ‘to do’ list every 3-6 months and every 2-3 months if you have pets, children or have an respiratory issues.
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#1: Air filters are a central, but often under-appreciated part of a central HVAC system. They don’t just filter out bits of pollen and dust that would otherwise circulate through the home and lower indoor air quality. They also provide a first line of defense against larger objects such as bits of loose insulation being pulled into the system where they could cause damage or present a fire risk. But if you don’t change your air filter regularly, it can turn against you. Clogged air filters are the number one cause of HVAC system failure.?
#2: The blower fan in the HVAC system has to work harder to push air. When it’s working harder, it’s drawing more energy, leading to higher bills. It’s also more likely to wear out from the strain. ?
#3: Because the heated or cooled air can’t travel out of the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner as easily, the system runs the risk of overheating or freezing up. You’ll be paying the same amount of energy or using the same amount of gas or oil, but there will be no commensurate change in indoor temperature. ?
#4: The additional material on the air filter itself can provide a space for moisture to gather, encouraging the growth of mold or bacteria colonies. Not only do these form an even stronger barrier to circulating air, but if they colonize the wrong side of the filter, they can begin to introduce more pollutants and allergens into the indoor air. And if they get into the HVAC system and form colonies there, it could spell a lot of trouble for the entire system and your health! ?
#5: Because air doesn’t circulate as quickly, particulates can settle in ducts and on household surfaces when they’d usually be carried into the system and filtered. It’s a lot simpler to change your air filter than it is to schedule a duct cleaning, but dirty ducts can result in an ongoing drain to your system efficiency and a long-term source of pollutants in your air supply. ?
If you think you’re HVAC system is in need of an Air Filter change, give us a call today at (541) 688-0969