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How Dirty Filters Lead to More Service Calls and Repairs

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When you invest in an HVAC system, you want to make every attempt to prolong the life of your system. One of the easiest and most overlooked ways to keep your system operating efficiently is to regularly change your air filter.

The air filter in your HVAC system is designed to capture dust, dirt, and debris that would otherwise flow into your system if the filter was not present. Therefore, it makes sense that when your filter becomes dirty, your system won’t work properly. This is one of the leading reasons for service calls in Port Orange, and it’s a problem that can easily be prevented just by regularly changing your air filter.

Here are several problems that can occur due to a dirty air filter:

Decreased air flow
Your HVAC system requires a certain amount of airflow to be able to work properly. When dust and dirt build up in your system, it will negatively impact air flow. While the purpose of the air filter is to prevent this from happening, it won’t be able to do its job if the air filter is clogged.

Decreased energy efficiency
When you have a dirty air filter, your HVAC system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home or office. This will require your system to use more energy to accomplish this, which will also result in higher utility bills.

Poor indoor air quality
The indoor air quality dramatically decreases when your HVAC system has a dirty filter. If your air filter is too clogged, dust and dirt will begin to become a part of your air flow. Every time the system cycles on, these particles will be released into the air that you breath in.

Decreased comfort
When a system has a dirty air filter, it can be difficult for the system to maintain a desired temperature inside your home or office. This, in turn, will directly affect your comfort level.

How often should your air filter for your air conditioner be changed?

Since we quickly plowing into the season where you will want to make sure that your HVAC system is properly cooling your home, here are some guidelines for how often you should change the filter for your air conditioner:

  • Home with no pets: every 90 days
  • Home with a pet: every 60 days
  • Home with multiple pets: 30 days
  • Home with people with allergies: 30 days

Having routine and proactive service completed on your HVAC system can also hold you accountable to regularly changing your filter.

For more guidelines for changing your air filter, please contact us at East Coast Heating & Air Conditoning, your HVAC service professionals.

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