When was the last time you changed the air filter (or filters) for your central heating and cooling system? Chances are that it has been months or even years since you even thought to check it, and many homeowners don’t even know where the air filters for their system are located. The unfortunate truth is that, while changing an air filter only takes a few seconds, most people neglect to do so, despite the fact that failing to do this simple task significantly impacts performance and can shorten the lifespan of HVAC system components.
A clogged filter allows less air to flow through, meaning that less of the air that your system heats or cools actually makes it into your home, forcing your system to work longer and harder. Ultimately, the cost of this is twofold: higher energy bills, and costly repair bills that could otherwise have been averted or delayed.
Check your filter monthly, and replace it as needed.
No two homes are the same. In some homes, an air filter may last for a year or more, whereas homes that have pets or are in a locale where dust and debris often blows in from outside may require much more frequent air filter replacements.
A good rule of thumb is to check your air filter on a monthly basis. Air filters need to be clean in order to operate properly. Don’t wait until it’s full of hair, dirt, and other debris to replace it. To determine if it’s time for a new air filter, hold it in front of a lighting fixture. If it’s difficult to see light through the filter, then it’s time to replace it.
When you purchase a new air filter, make sure that it matches the length and width of your old air filter. Installing one that is too small will allow debris to flow around the filter and potentially damage the blower motor your HVAC system, and also contaminate the inside of your home.
There are many types of air filters to choose from, from inexpensive glass fiber and paper filters to pricier electrostatic filters that use static to capture particles.
If you’re unsure about how to replace your HVAC system air filter, or you’d rather not worry about the hassle, the experts at Gilmore are happy to help! To schedule an appointment today, give us a call at 888-868-2316, or use our convenient online contact form.