If you are a homeowner, then you no doubt know about the important of performing regular home maintenance in order to ensure that all of the utilities in your home are functioning as they should. If some of the maintenance tasks are not handled appropriately, it can lead to the presence of an HVAC system that is inefficient and overworked. This can result in further problems with both the expenses and the functionality of the system itself. Carefully maintaining the system is inexpensive and relatively simple, and should be done regularly every three or so months. Changing the air filter can be one of the most important aspects of the maintenance process, and doing so can make a noticeable difference in the quality of comfort in the home.
For the most part, most homes are equipped with some variety of furnace or heat pump. Newer homes, however, and ones where the installation was performed, contain combinations of several necessary systems that are called HVAC systems. Each of these systems function with the aid of an air filter that is utilized to help keep the air cleaner, removing large airborne particles and keeping them away from the general circulation. However, a system that has a clogged air filter will suffer from significant drops in pressure, which can lead to a more restricted air flow. This will cause the system to try and work harder in order to effectively keep the home cooler or warmer. Any mechanical components that rely on the utility of the filter are also subject to stress if you do not check your air filter’s condition.
In addition to wearing down on the overall system, having a dirty filter can lead to the growth of mold when it becomes damp with condensation. This, in turn, can lead to several different health consequences, and if the moisture problem becomes too great, then the filter itself will need to be replaced immediately.
Typically, furnace and HVAC filters are disposable, and are made of biodegradable paper that is specially shaped and designed in order to trap as much airborne debris as is possible. Filters can usually be purchased in economic multi packages, where there will be several different types of filters that can be matched to numerous units. It is important to always use an appropriate filter with your unit, because an ill fitting filter can create the same problems as would occur with a dirty one. Matching the filter types can be easy, as most systems have affixed labels that provide easy directions for quick filter replacement.
In addition to performing regular maintenance yourself, it is a good idea to speak with Ideal Comfort in order to have your heating and cooling unit inspected every year. Because of the numerous moving parts inside of the unit, a specialist’s aid can help insure that the unit is running as it should, as the filter alone is not responsible for the smooth operation of the system. These small maintenance details can help increase the longevity of your system by a few years.