The Importance of Replacing Air Filters
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC) need regular maintenance in order to operate in an efficient and effective manner. In order to do so proper care has to be conducted to make sure that the units are in operating order and that they are not in need of replacement or service.
While many people hear this and think that they may need to upgrade their HVAC units in total, sometimes the little changes are most effective such as checking and changing filters on a regular and timely basis.
This article will provide some insight into these little fixes and how to handle having your filters in your HVAC units changed regularly and how often they should be changed.
Why Should My HVAC Filters Be Changed?
HVAC units that are clogged or that don’t have new filters can become very inefficient which can put stress on your HVAC system and lead to damage to the unit. While this is typically not significant damage, the more noticeable problem is that your system may become very inefficient and subject to increased heating and cooling costs as well.
How Often Should My HVAC Units Be Changed?
While many people would recommend that you should have your HVAC filters inspected and changed at least once a year, the answer is definitely more complicated than that.
Since there are many different types of HVAC units with various filter sizes and placement the requires can vary significantly between different units. Start by understanding where your HVAC units are installed and the level of use and filth that they filter out.
Units that are located outdoors are more susceptible to needing replacement more frequently. This is because debris is more common. Sometimes simple fixes can reduce the amount of debris that will accumulate in your filter such as clearing the surrounding area and making sure that it is free from branches and bushes.
Indoor filters are less susceptible to dirt, at least in most residential homes, unless there is an antiquated HVAC unit, and can therefore be changed less frequently.