Do I Have to Use an Air Filter?

The air we breathe is full of particles and contaminants. Some of these particles are harmful to our health, but typically we don’t even realize they’re in the air we breathe. Unfortunately, even if we don’t notice their presence they can still have an adverse affect on our health. The same is true for your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.

There are two main reasons why it’s important to use air filters.

Protect Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system is full of fragile components that need to be protected from particles in the air. These particulates can gum up the gears of your HVAC system and cause costly damage. In fact, the original purpose of air filters was to protect your home’s heating and cooling equipment rather than clean the air you breathe.  Air filters clean all the air that’s pulled through your HVAC system before it comes into contact with the interior components. When you use air filters you’re ensuring the AC coil or heat exchanger inside your HVAC system doesn’t become dirty or damaged by large particles. If you already use air filters, then you’ve definitely taken a step in the right direction.

Now that you’ve learned the purpose behind air filters, let’s explain the importance of changing your air filters on a regular basis. You may not know this, but dirty air filters are the number one reason for HVAC system failure. The reason why it’s so crucial to change your air filter every 1-3 months (depending on the type of filter) is because when your filter is dirty it restricts air flow. When the air flow is restricted you run the risk of creating unnecessary strain on your heating and cooling system’s fan motor. This strain could eventually cause your motor to burn out and allow your HVAC system to overheat.

Dirty air filters also:

  • Reduce indoor air quality.
  • Increase energy bills since you’re causing your HVAC system to work harder.
  • Lead to expensive cleaning costs and repairs since your heating and cooling systems get dirty faster.

Minimize these problems by changing your air filters on a regular basis. You can even sign up for our filter change reminder if you’re worried about remembering to change your air filters. We’ll send you an email reminding you to change your filters according to a date you’ve specified, which ultimately saves you time and money.

Protect Your Health

Individuals who suffer from asthma or other respiratory health concerns will greatly benefit from the use of air filters. When you use an air filter you reduce the amount of allergens and particles present in your home’s air.  If you suffer from constant headaches or allergy problems while inside your home, then you might want to consider getting an air filter with a higher filtration level.

Dirty air causes your lungs to work harder, which can have an adverse effect on your energy levels. In essence, clean air allows your lungs to work more efficiently and causes you to feel more energetic. What’s stopping you from breathing cleaner, healthier air?

Learn more about the different types of filters available here.

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