Here’s an easy way to extend the longevity of your heating and cooling system, improve your indoor air quality and control your utility bills all at the same time: Replace your air filter regularly.
Filters don’t work as designed when they get dirty. A dirty filter inhibits air flow and prevents air from circulating well. Filters designed specifically to remove allergens, particles and dust need to be replaced as often as once a month during peak heating and cooling seasons.
A filter’s MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value), from 1-16, gives an indication of how effective it is at removing dust and other particles from the air.
Dirty air filters are not only less effective at cleaning your air, but they also put more strain on your HVAC system, making it work harder, costing you more money. Both A/C and heating units have specific airflow requirements to run safely and efficiently. With dirty air filters, your system will have to work harder to pull in the same amount of air. This will not only reduce the longevity and efficiency of your system, but will also increase the operating cost and the risk of fire or accident.
Measures to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) are most effective as part of a comprehensive program. Changing your air filters regularly, along with regular vacuuming and dusting, can significantly improve your home’s indoor air quality.
For all your heating and cooling needs in the Metro-East area, and for expert advice, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling. We’ll be glad to answer whatever questions you have and provide any services you need.
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