Furnaces and air conditioners contain numerous mechanical parts that contribute to their effective operation. However, as crucial as all these components are for bringing you comfort, one of the most vital parts of your system isn’t a complicated piece of machinery.
It’s the air filter — a screen designed to trap dust, dirt, hair, and other debris. It’s such a simple part that some people take it for granted. But they shouldn’t! If the air filter in a heat pump or a furnace doesn’t receive the same attention as the rest of the system, it can lead to the heater or air conditioner failing and requiring emergency repairs.
There are two main things you need to do as a homeowner to maintain a safe and efficient HVAV system:
The main worry about a clogged filter is that it will suffer damage and start allowing contaminants into the HVAC system’s cabinet. When this occurs, numerous problems could start that will eventually cause your heater to fail entirely: dirty motors will burn out, grime along the burner will prevent the gas jets from igniting, and worse.
In worst-case scenarios, the air filter itself might collapse and fall into the heating cabinet. A clogged filter will also reduce air flow, and this will force your heater to work harder. A heater that strains to get its job done is at an increased risk of suffering from a catastrophic failure due to worn parts.
Not only will replacing your air filter prevent dirt from infiltrating the equipment, it will also improve indoor air quality and save you up to 15% on utility costs.
Check your air filter every month. Simple turn off the HVAC system, remove the air filter, and hold it up to the light. If light cannot pass through the filter, it’s time to clean or replace it. The more you use the HVAC system, the more frequently you will need to replace the filter.
Remember, when replacing your air filter, make sure the arrows on the filter are pointing in the direction of the airflow (toward the main body).
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