When was the last time you changed your HVAC air filter? Tired of being reminded?
Just like filtered water, or organic foods, your air quality is of great importance to your overall good health.
Changing your heating and cooling system filter is one of those ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ issues. And ignoring it can be costly.
Or when was the last time you had a qualified technician give your HVAC filter system a pre-season tune-up?
“What’s the worst that can happen?” You might ask.
- Side by side view of clogged dirty filter and new replacement filter.
Potential Expenses From Ignoring Your HVAC Filter
A clogged HVAC filter can cause internal damage when dust, dander and debris restrict air flow causing the fans to work harder. Given enough time, this can burn out the fan motor, causing the whole blower system to fail, especially if it is aging. This can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
The Diamond Certified Organization says;
A clogged furnace air filter is the primary cause of equipment failure.”
A Clogged Filter is a Health Hazard
An accumulation of dander, dust and allergens such as pollen, can either cause or exacerbate allergies for people in your home or industry. Gathering in your filter, these allergens get dispersed into the air every time the fan blows air through your indoors environment. People suffering from COPD are especially susceptible to worsening of their condition from clogged filters and dirty air.
For ideal air quality and health, Energy Star recommends checking your air filter every month. Even more often in some industrial and commercials installations that breed excess dust and particles during operations or production.
Higher Energy Bills
A dirty filter can mean longer and harder work for your HVAC system. This added strain on the system can cause your energy bill to skyrocket. Keeping up with changing your air filter can save you from 5% to 15% in utility costs. The Department of Energy says that the average household spends about $2,200 a year, so the savings are worth the effort.
Good and Poor Quality HVAC Filters do Make a Difference
When shopping for your filters, keep in mind quality. Some major retail chains, and home supply stores, sell low-cost flimsy filters. These cheaply made filters have been known to collapse when debris starts to build up in them, leaving gaps where dirty air gets through and circulates through your air.
It’s recommended that you check the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number (from 1 to 16). The higher the number, the better the filtration is. Your service technician can suggest which will work best for your system. Too high a MERV may not be best for systems.
Now with spring on the way, a pre-season check-up and filter change is advisable. As weather grows hotter, it’s important to keep up with you’re A/C filter. Excessive dirt can build up leading to mold and allergens.
A blocked system can also lead to frost build-up on components which can reduce or totally block air flow within the system, causing serious damage.
In an extreme situation a clogged, poorly made air filter can become blocked and actually get sucked out of position and into the blower assembly, causing the blower fan to jam, overheat, and even start a fire.
The World Health Organization (WHO), says, “Indoor and outdoor air pollution is linked with about eight million premature deaths from respiratory and other diseases each year worldwide.”
Some areas are at higher risk do to hazards from outdoor air that seeps into your home or business. Do you get fuel emissions and dust from a nearby major highway? Or are you located near fields being tilled and dusted?
At ABEL Heating and Cooling, we have experienced technicians and a CIEC (Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant) on call to check your home, church or commercial indoor air-quality. At the time of the writing of this Blog, there are only two CIEC contractors in the entire state of Minnesota. To be council-certified involves a rigorous, eight year process. Click too see ‘Indoor Air-Quality of Your Home or Workplace’.
Call us anytime if you are experiencing a heating or cooling emergency. The weather is rapidly growing warmer and it’s not too soon to think about scheduling your spring/summer HVAC inspection and maintenance.
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