What Happens When You Don’t Regularly Change Your Air Filters

Your heating and air conditioning system is easily one of the most expensive appliances in your North Charleston, SC home. Getting the most value out of your HVAC system can be as easy as regularly changing out your air filters, seems simple right? More often than not, North Charleston, SC homeowners ignore the importance of the filters in their heating and air conditioning system. This can lead to higher energy bills, poor indoor air quality, damaged HVAC equipment, and more.

What Do My Air Filters Do?

Air filters are generally made of spun fiberglass or pleated paper and then surrounded by a cardboard frame. They are inserted into a specific place in your HVAC system and they act as a barrier to prevent pollutants and contaminants from circulating into the air. Some of the most common things that air filters block are dust, pollen, lint, mold, hair, bacteria, animal fur, dander, and more.

How Often Should Filters Be Changed?

Depending on your North Charleston, SC home living situation and the type of filter you are using, you will need to follow different guidelines when it comes to changing out your air filters. The general rule of thumb is to change out your air filters every 1-3 months, however, the number of people and pets in your home can make this number smaller or bigger. We recommend checking on your air filters once a month and then assessing from there whether or not your air filters need to be replaced.

What Can Dirty Air Filters Do to My Home?

  1. Increase in Energy Bills – When your air filters are dirty, your HVAC system has to work harder in order to heat and/or cool your home. That means that you’re using more energy without feeling or seeing the benefits of energy consumption.
  2. Decrease in Indoor Air Quality – When your air filters are dirty, they can no longer trap the pollutants & contaminants as well as they once could. That means your home’s indoor air quality will suffer and you’ll have unwanted pollutants floating and circulating throughout the air inside of your North Charleston, SC home.
  3. Reduced Home Comfort – Because your air filters are acting as blockages in your HVAC system, your heating and air conditioning system will take longer to heat and/or cool your home. That means your home will not be as comfortable as you want it to be.
  4. Your HVAC System is Overworked – Finally, air filters cause your HVAC system to become overworked. This can lead to early failures and costly repairs or breakdowns. Because your heating and cooling system is so expensive, you ideally want to run it as little as possible. With dirty air filters, you will find yourself having to run your HVAC system more often than not to be comfortable in your North Charleston, SC home.

If you have any questions regarding the air filters in your home or just need some general heating and cooling advice, the HERO Heating & Air team is here for you! Located in North Charleston, SC, you’re only a short phone call away from home comfort! Give us a call at (843) 258-1237 today!

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