Why is your Air Filter so Important?
Have you ever wondered why you should change your air filter, or why your air filter is so important to your heating and air conditioning systems? It may seem like a small or insignificant part of the larger machine, but your air filter works hard every day to keep your air clean and free of contaminants. We can’t all be Expert Technicians – so Orbit Energy & Power has the information and answers for you. Read on to learn more about this key component to your home’s heating and cooling system!
Your air filter is one of the key components to having an efficient heating and cooling system. When you take care of your filter as recommended, you can help with issues like allergies and pet hair, and even save yourself some money in the long run! Your air filter collects and traps dirt, dust, pollen, pet hair, and other contaminants that are in the air and prevents them from being blown through your home. Replacing the air filter as needed is very important, because when your air filter becomes too dirty, clogged or deteriorated, it will not capture the allergens in the air as well as it should, allowing the air in your house to stay polluted.
If someone in your home suffers from allergies during the changing of the seasons, or is allergic to dust or dander, replacing your air filter at least as often as recommended is a great way to help reduce this problem in your home. If you have pets, you should definitely be paying attention to your filter. Most cats and dog shed a lot throughout the house, especially when the seasons are changing. That excess hair travels through your home, making its way to your systems and getting caught in the filter. This is a good thing! It means that the pet hair is no longer blowing through your home. However, it does mean that your filter may need to be replaced more often in order to keep it clean and efficient.
Your air filter is important for having an efficient system in your home, but one of the most important reasons to keep it clean is to save money! You might think that stretching your filter’s lifespan just a few extra months is a great way to save a couple extra dollars on your energy costs. However, this is not the case. The US Department of Energy states that replacing your air filter can save you anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of your annual energy consumption, saving you money on your monthly energy bills. It can also save you money in the long run! Having a clogged filter will cause your systems to work harder than they should, which can lower the system’s lifespan and cause unnecessary maintenance and repairs.
So, how often should you replace your filter? This truly depends on the quality of the filter you have purchased (higher quality filters tend to do a better job and last longer, saving you even more money by replacing it less often) and on how much is being trapped by the air filter. Keep an eye on the filter and use the product recommendations as a guideline, or have one of our Expert Technicians take a look! We’re always happy to assist you, and we’re just a quick phone call away.
Don’t cause yourself the regret of not changing that air filter. Orbit Energy & Power has licensed HVAC experts who can help make sure that your heating & air conditioning systems are running efficiently as they should and to make sure that your air filter is up to date, keeping your home’s air as clean and pure as possible. Send us a message or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you! You can also read more about the subject here.