Most heating and cooling systems rely upon air filters to keep dirt, debris and other materials away from the furnace or A/C’s working parts, as well as to scrub the air before it’s distributed in the home. These air filters, when changed properly, can be an easy way to improve air quality while also keeping your energy costs down. For air filters to work properly, however, they must be replaced regularly (or cleaned if they’re not the replaceable type).
High-efficiency furnace filters are designed to capture pollen, dust, dirt and mold, along with common allergens. If you have allergies or have a lowered immune system, having these types of filters can help you feel better during the day. Change them frequently (as often as monthly during the high-use seasons) to maintain proper air flow. Changing filters regularly also prevents mold and bacteria from growing on filters that aren’t changed often enough.
Save Money and Energy
Changing furnace filters frequently can also help save you money and energy. These filters can get buildups of dust and debris that will impede air flow, making your HVAC equipment work harder. Some of the unwanted materials may get blown through the system when a filter is clogged, too, or may settle on machinery in your furnace. When your equipment has to work harder, this can stress the motor, increase your energy bill and shorten the life of your unit.
Permanent filters are designed to be cleaned off with a hose when dirty. These offer low air-flow resistance and keep your HVAC unit running at peak efficiency. These can be cleaned as frequently as you wish with just a simple squirt of the garden hose, though be careful not to rip or damage them. This will neutralize their efficiency.
The skilled specialists at Ernst Heating & Coolingare here to talk over anything HVAC related, including changing furnace filters. Contact us for Edwardsville area’s best heating and cooling professionals.
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