Keeping your HVAC system maintained is important. You will want to inspect it regularly to ensure it is operating at to efficiency levels. Filter inspections is one of the most important parts of the system, because it collects the dirt and dust that is in the air of your home. By checking it on a regular basis, you can determine when it is clogged and will need to be replaced. Make sure to check the filters regularly, or when can do filter inspections for you.
One of the most common system breakdowns is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air can’t pass, or worse, the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Filter inspections will help you to be aware when a new filter is then needed.
Changing a filter can also help lower energy costs. When that clogged air filter is working harder, more energy is being used. And when it requires more energy to make your heating work, it causes your energy bill to increase. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs. Replacing your filter is an easy, inexpensive step to take to save money, extend the life of your system and improve your indoor air quality. It also decreases the amount of energy your family uses.
A clean filter also helps to improve the air quality. This is particularly important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. Dirty air filters worsen the air quality and can exacerbate symptoms. If you have pets, it’s even more important because pet dander will accumulate in the system and then spread allergens throughout the household. When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number, which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number, the better the filtration is.
If you are not sure how often to inspect the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the schedule, and also set up an appointment to look at your HVAC unit. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.