Why changing your air filter is essential to your AC unit
Being a responsible home owner requires taking care of the home’s needs to ensure proper functioning of its many systems. Some of the most important systems in modern homes are the HVAC units which provide the heating and cooling to create a comfortable living environment for you and your family. Changing the air filter is a large responsibility which can prevent serious problems within the system and possible air-related health concerns for anyone living within the home.
Air Filters in the Home
Homes which employ an HVAC system to heat and cool the living spaces require air filters. The air filters are designed to restrict passage of particles which have become airborne during the process of drawing new air into the system’s sensitive machinery and into the home. Any airborne particles ranging in size as small as 40 microns are captured by these filters. Over time these particles build up on filters and can cause an array of issues.
Dirty Air Filter Issues
Any filter which accumulates airborne particles past their recommended threshold may become inefficient. Clogging of the air flow can cause the filter to tear, resulting in airflow that is unfiltered. Fully loaded filters can also increase the workload on the HVAC machinery and cause wear or destruction of the unit. Dirty filters also have an increased chance of retaining moisture which may lead to mold and mildew growth which may spread throughout the home while the system is in service. Certain types of mold can become serious health risks.
When to Change the Air Filter
Changing the air filter will be necessary for a variety of reasons. Tears or damage to the filter will require an immediate replacement. Damp filters are perfect growth environments for microbes, mold and mildew and should be changed right away. A dirty filter will be coated in dust and will require changing before it becomes clogged. Take note of how quickly your filter becomes dirty to rule out malfunctions or a faulty HVAC system.
Proper Air Filter Changing
It is important to get a professional to change the air filter in your HVAC system. Improperly changing the filter by an inexperienced individual can lead to release of dangerous airborne particles into the home or into the housing of the machinery. Sensitive equipment may become dirty and reduce the efficiency of the system or cause corrosion and unnecessary wear. Equipment that is damaged will require costly repairs and can even lead to a full system replacement.
Do you need to change the air filter in your AC unit? Call Allan E Power Plumbing Heating Cooling at (708) 352-1670 and get started today!