The HVAC system is much like our own respiratory system. It breathes. If it cannot breathe, it will suffocate and cease working.
Airflow starts with a clean filter. Those are sometimes in the roof, so it is not something many people consider until it is too late.
The air filter keeps dust and other particles from entering the system and cause serious problems. Fortunately, a large percentage of the gunk is caught in the filter until it is replaced or cleaned.
It is not wise to run HVAC without a filter, because doing so is more detrimental than running one with a dirty filter. Here are a few things that can happen if your filter is not breathing correctly.
Loss of efficiency – Trying to skim on replacement filters is going to do more harm than good. A clogged filter has to run harder, and this means a higher energy bill each month.
Short cycling – If the unit switches on and off rapidly, it is short cycling. Clogged filters can trap stagnant air in the system. This forces the cycle to stop early before the optimum temperature in the home is reached.
Frozen coils – Dirty air filters collect cool air during the A/C season. This can cause the evaporator and condenser to build up frost. This will lead to the unit seizing.
Poor indoor air – The filter protects the HVAC and filters air for you. A clogged filter hampers the air quality. Poor air quality is a problem for anyone who has allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues.
Filters last anywhere between one to three months on average. They can need replacement more frequently depending on the usage. Making a serious effort to replace them at regular intervals is important.
Fortunately, your friends at Fulford HVAC can help you remember with regularly scheduled maintenance. Having us come to your home once every three months or so will make sure your air filters are checked and replaced, as well as keeping up with your HVAC system as a whole. If you need more information or are interested in having your filters changed, contact us at the website or call. We want to be your home comfort, professional partner.