Today I’ll be addressing something I believe really needs to be covered. I can’t tell you how many times people have come up to me or said over the phone, “But Howard, my air conditioner (and/or furnace) has been running for years without changing the filters. Do I really need to change them? The short answer is of course, yes you do.
I understand that it’s hard to tell if your filter is dirty sometimes without checking it, and we all forget the small things sometimes. As small as a filter is, the difference between a clean and dirty air filter can mean thousands of dollars. I’m going to lay out the facts and potential problems with not changing your air filters often.
To start with the basics, an air filter is there to filter out impurities in your air system. Some of the most common impurities entering your HVAC system are pollen, pet dander, dust, and auto emissions (especially if you live in a high traffic area). As a pet owner, I love them to death, but I don’t want to be continuously breathing in their dander. You can see how a dirty air filter can be a big problem for people with allergies. So the best case scenario is that your air filters stay clean, and you change them, so then your air is continuously being filtered and circulated. Otherwise, you’ll just being breathing in dirty air which can cause health problems.
Overworked HVAC System
Not only will you potentially be experiencing health problems, but your HVAC system might be having problems too. If the filter is clogged up, your system will have to work harder in order to push air out. This will result in a higher energy bill, and if not fixed soon enough, a potential breakdown in the system. If you’ve ever had to have your air conditioner or furnace repaired, you know how much of a pain that can be.
No one wants to have to take the time to hire a mechanic, and fixing these systems can be really costly. The average cost of fixing an air conditioner nationally, as stated by HomeAdvisor.com, is $150-$450. Furnace repairs range from $125-$350. The cost of replacing a whole unit is often in the thousands. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather pay around $70 a year for two packs of six filters for my AC and furnace!
If your system doesn’t breakdown you’ll still be losing money every month due to heightened energy consumption from an inefficient system. The harder your system has to work, the higher your energy bill is going to be. You’re practically throwing money out the window when you don’t change your filters. With all the little things I’m sure that you do to save on your utility bill, such as turning the lights off when you leave, you don’t want that to go to waste by paying more to cool and heat your home.
So the choice is yours. You can pay more on your utility bills every month just to pump in dirty air and risk a potential system failure…or you can save money and improve the quality of your air by switching out your filters every month or so. I hope this encourages you to open up that air vent and check the filter today.
And when you decide to buy some new filters to stop by the air filters section of DiscountFilters.com for high-quality, inexpensive air filters.