Poor Indoor Air Quality, Equals Poor Health
Most people don’t think very much about the inner workings of their HVAC system, especially about air filters. They are more or less something taken for granted. However, ignoring a dirty air filter could actually cause you serious problems. For example, a dirty air filter means that everything past the filter is dirty too, including the air that you breathe. Keep reading to discover just how a dirty air filter can cost you.
Since a dirty air filter causes dirty air ducts, your home is exposed to dust and other allergens. These allergens can cause a number of physical symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, asthma symptoms, and cold symptoms. A dirty air filter is ineffective in controlling these allergens.
Reduced Air Flow
When your air filter gets too clogged up, it will negatively affect the air flow. Not only will this decrease your indoor comfort, but your air conditioner will need to work harder to do its job. Thus your system will work inefficiently, and you will soon find yourself paying more in utility bills.
The main purpose of your air filter is to protect the internal components of your air conditioning system. Therefore, not regularly changing your air filter could lead to mechanical breakdowns, eventually leading to a premature AC system failure.
How Often Should I Have My Air Filters Changed
Experts recommend having your air filters changed at least every 3 months, though you may need to change it monthly depending on your system use and how good the air filter is. It’s also dependent on how many people live in your home and if you have indoor pets.