What Happens If I Don’t Change My Air Filters?
Yay, spring is here! That means warmer weather, fewer sweaters, spending time outside…oh and pollen and allergies.
Now is the perfect time to replace your HVAC filter. You’ve been told by your HVAC technician that it’s important that you change your filter consistently. But is that just something they’re saying or is it actually something you need to do? And an even better question: when was the last time you changed yours? We’re here to answer all your pressing questions to get you prepared for the beautiful, pollen-filled weather ahead. You might be surprised how expensive it is to neglect your air filter.
Clogged Filters = Higher Energy Bills
When a filter is not changed as frequently as directed, its ability to effectively clean the air in your home diminishes. Dirt accumulates on the once porous surface of the filter and as a result, the dirt solidifies and backs up the entire system. Eventually this restricts the vital airflow that drives the entire system when it is operating properly. This drives your heating and air system to work harder and run longer, increasing your power costs, driving up your energy bill, and breaking down your system in the process.
Ignoring Filters = HVAC Lifespan Reduction
Now that your filter is officially clogged, the whole system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your issues don’t just stop with higher energy bills, either. Coils and other vital components become mired with dirt, rendering them unable to operate properly. Condensation drain lines, namely, can become clogged, resulting in potential water damage to your heating and cooling system.
The increased wear and tear on your system can shorten its lifespan, which not only increases your monthly energy bill but could also mean you’re having to replace your HVAC system before you’ve gotten all of your use out of it. Keeping your filter clean will allow your system to run its entire lifespan working efficiently and cleanly, allowing you to enjoy years of comfort without having to worry about investing in a system replacement.
Changing Filters = Higher Air Quality
So remember those allergies we mentioned earlier that are practically inevitable with the arrival of spring? Well, when your filter is unable to do its job and filter out the airborne dirt in your home, you are perpetuating the presence of dust and allergens in the air. Clean, filtered air is better for your HVAC system and better for you and your family too.