HVAC systems include a filter to catch dust and debris to prevent those materials from circulating through your home. You should change your filter regularly, especially if you have pets or an active household. Most homeowners have heard this tip before, but don’t fully understand the potential consequences.
What Happens When You Don’t Change the HVAC Filter?
1. Poor Indoor Air Quality
When your filter gets clogged with dust and debris, the rest builds up in your ventilation system and eventually circulates throughout your home. This can lead to a visible accumulation of dirt, especially around vents. It can also cause respiratory irritation for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
2. Higher Energy Bills
A clogged filter provides less space for air to push through, meaning your system must work harder to get your home to the desired temperature. This means it will take longer for your rooms to get to a comfortable level, using more energy. This leads to you paying more in monthly utility bills.
3. System Breakdown
If you don’t change your filters for a prolonged period, the extra strain can cause your system to malfunction. HVAC equipment cycles regularly, meaning it starts and stops to maintain a consistent temperature. However, the extra work due to a clogged filter doesn’t allow it to take those necessary breaks. If the motors are constantly running, they’ll eventually fail.
If you need help maintaining your HVAC system, Butler Heating & Air in West Plains, MO, can help. The heating and air conditioning contractor has been serving residents and businesses throughout Howell County and the surrounding areas for more than 25 years. The team of NATE certified technicians works hard to provide quality repairs and friendly and professional service to each customer. To learn more about their services, visit the website. Call (417) 256-7984 with any questions.