HVAC Maintenance, which includes changing air filters, is a critical part of taking care of your home. Most heating and cooling professionals recommend a seasonal check-up of air conditioners and furnaces to keep them in great working condition, reduce energy costs and extend the life of these units.
An often overlooked, but important, part of HVAC maintenance is
air filter maintenance. The air filter is responsible for the flow of clean air throughout the home, and helps the air conditioner or furnace run more efficiently, extending its lifespan, and lowers how much energy is used each month by as much as 5 to 15 percent.
Also, when a home owner takes the time to change air filters, he or she keeps air quality at its breathable best. Changed every 3 to 4 months, or as the air conditioning or furnace manufacturer
recommends, clean filters reduce air contaminants such as:
- mold spores
- pet hair, dander and other household allergens
Air Filter Maintenance Is Easy
While your HVAC technician can Change Air Filters for you when he performs other important seasonal maintenance, any home owner can purchase and replace this simple and inexpensive device. Filters may be purchased at a home or hardware store. Be sure to check the existing filter for the correct size, and install it in the direction of the unit’s air flow.
Air Filter Options
There are many types of HVAC air filters available on the market today. Each type is made to capture many kinds of airborne particulates. The most common kind of filter is fiberglass. It is usually the least expensive, too. In addition, there are media-air (multi-layered) and pleated filters which increase the surface area available to trap contaminants.
More expensive and high-tech filters are the HEPA and Activated Carbon. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. It is very good at trapping a wide range of dust, debris and mold spores which degrade indoor air quality. The carbon filter eliminates household odors from cooking or smoking.
At Cool Blew Inc., we recommend home owners make HVAC Maintenance check-ups and filter changes a priority each spring and fall.
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