Essential maintenance – HVAC Filters

As a homeowner or tenant , maintaining your HVAC filters can not only save you money but lead to increased air quality for you and your family.

Sometime ago, I entered a reoccurring notification on my calendar – to remind myself to check the HVAC filters in my house. The majority of residential HVAC systems utilize disposable filters. They are easy to access and replace. Neglecting to do this simple maintenance item can lead to undesirable environmental conditions within your home and possibly shorten the expected service life of your HVAC unit.

Lets take a look at the benefits:

  1. Improved Indoor Air Quality: HVAC filters trap dust, dirt, pollen, and other airborne particles, which can accumulate over time and reduce the quality of indoor air. Changing your filters regularly helps to remove these contaminants and improve the air quality in your home.
  2. Increased Energy Efficiency: Dirty filters can restrict the airflow in your HVAC system, making it work harder and use more energy to maintain the desired temperature. By changing the filters regularly, you can help your system operate more efficiently and reduce your energy bills.
  3. Extended System Life: A dirty filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to, which can lead to increased wear and tear on the system. By changing the filters regularly, you can help to extend the life of your HVAC system and avoid costly repairs.
  4. Improved Comfort: A clean filter helps to maintain consistent airflow and temperature throughout your home, which can help to improve your comfort level. When filters are dirty, they can cause your system to work harder, which can result in uneven heating or cooling.

What is regular replacement? Well that depends on your household as it can vary. As a rule of thumb, the more pets and people residing in your house, regularly can mean monthly and if less load on the house, then every other month. The best way to get a feeling for this, is to monitor the filters weekly to see what sort of build up is occurring.