Even though air filters in your HVAC system are not noticeable, they do not have to be turned on or off, tightened or loosened, and most often we are not even aware they are in use, they are an invaluable part of the home system. The main job is to remove any debris, dust, pet dander, and hair from circulating around your home, enabling you to breathe cleaner air of better quality. Here are some essential questions about air filters that will explain why they should not be neglected during your regular home maintenance!
How to check the state of your air filters?
Once you have located and taken out the air filters from your units, checking if they need to be replaced is an easy task. All you need to do is to hold your air filters up to the light. You should be able to see through the panels without a problem. If they are not transparent, they need to be changed.
Why are clogged air filters a problem?
Clogged filters slow down the airflow in your home, making your HVAC system struggle, forcing it to consume more energy. This rise in energy consumption, in turn, causes an increase in your monthly electricity bills. Dirty air filters can also shorten the lifespan of your entire system because the strain will wear out the unit components much sooner.
How to choose the right one?
If you’ve decided to change your filters, do a bit of research before going to the store to pick up their replacements. Just keep in mind there are different options you can choose from. For instance, most common air filter types are fiberglass or synthetic filters, polyester filters, electrostatic filters, pleated filters, and HEPA filters. They all have their advantages and disadvantages so try to make an informed decision.
If you find this a hassle and you are located in the Denver area, contact us at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling, and we will be glad to help with the maintenance of your HVAC system.