For many homeowners, changing air filters is an easily forgettable chore. Who has time to think about something that is hardly noticed on a daily, or even weekly, basis? Typically, central air conditioning and heating system filters are changed at random moments when it “feels” right.
In other words, air filter maintenance typically depends on guesswork.
Unfortunately, pollen, dust, pet dander, mold and other allergens can quickly accumulate on an air filter and recirculate throughout your home. With eight of ten air filters being changed improperly, it is important to understand that these clogs can wreak havoc on your home’s air quality and your wallet.
Why you need to take the guesswork out of routine air filter maintenance
A clogged HVAC air filter reduces air quality. Before you know it, molds and allergens will feel more at home than you do. Indeed, with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology reporting a steady rise in the prevalence of allergic disease, it is vital that we collectively work to improve our homes’ air quality.
Furthermore, a clogged air filter can place a significant strain on a central air conditioning and heating system system, forcing the blower to work harder and consume more energy. With less air flowing through the system due to the clog, the central air conditioning and heating system will run longer in an effort to heat the home, raising energy usage. In fact, according to a study by the Florida Public Service Commission, the number two cause of high energy bills in the summer was a clogged air filter.
The costliest result of an improperly changed air filter may be the internal damage it deals to your central air conditioning and heating system system. According to the Diamond Certified Organization, a clogged air filter is the primary cause of equipment failure. Essentially, that overworked air blower discussed above may give out entirely, causing the whole system to fail, an outcome that can cost thousands of dollars to repair!
In short, you need a monitor such as FILTERSCAN WiFI to take the guesswork out of air filter maintenance!