When you live in a climate such as ours that is stuffy hot during the summer and bitterly cold in the winter months, you tend to rely pretty heavily on your HVAC systems—both heating and cooling. However, too many homeowners fail to give their central furnaces and air conditioners the attention that they really need in order to perform at their best.
Scheduling annual maintenance—or bi-annual maintenance if you have a heat pump—is the most important step you can take in order to care for your HVAC systems as best as possible. There is one maintenance task, however, that you can and should do on your own, and that’s changing your air filter. This must be done much more often than every 6 months to a year. But why is it so important?
The Impact of Your Air Filter
The air filter within your HVAC system is intended to protect not necessarily your indoor air, but the interior components of your air conditioner and/or furnace. If that filter is too clogged up with dirt and debris, then there is no way that you can expect your HVAC system to function as efficiently as it should, since it will need to work much harder than it should have to in order to distribute air throughout your home and through the filter itself.
Additionally, this extra stress on your air conditioner and furnace can lead to excessive wear and tear. Eventually, this will lead to increased operational problems, damages, and even premature breakdown. For example, your evaporator coil draws heat out of the air running over it through the refrigerant cycle. If the airflow is insufficient due to a clogged filter, though, then the evaporator coil may ice over and fail to function as it is supposed to.
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