One of the most important aspects of maintaining responsible homeownership includes regular home maintenance procedures. While some of these tasks may seem like trivial chores, the truth is that if they are deferred, it can lead to costly consequences. One task that is relatively easy to do is changing the air filter in the HVAC system of your home. While it is a simple and relatively inexpensive task, some people do not do it often enough. Experts recommend for this task to be done at least once every three months, and if it is not taken care of, then the entire unit and, as a result, home suffers.
Typically, most homes will be equipped with one of many different varieties of heat pumps or furnaces. Most of these homes, especially new ones, will be equipped with an HVAC system, which takes care of heating and ventilation, all in one carefully maintained unit. Each of these unites will make use of some sort of air filter in order to make sure that airborne particles do not enter the system. Instead, they are kept out, but can collect on the air filter. A clogged air filter will damage the system itself, and can end up clogging the sensitive machinery that powers the unit.
Additionally, if you have a dirty filter, it can become exposed to different types of condensation in the home. This can lead it to becoming damp, which can further lead to the growth of mold which can spread through the home because of the system itself. This can have harmful effects on the health of you and your family, as mold particles and various other contaminants will be recirculated into the home through the system.
While there are different types of filters, most function in the same way. They are all made of disposable and biodegradable paper that is used to trap debris through specially designed cells and screens. Most of these filters can be purchased in a wide variety of different economic multipacks, and replacement instructions are usually written on the packs themselves.
While you should check your air filter’s condition roughly every three months in order to see if it needs to be changed, further actions can be taken to ensure the longevity of your system. It is a good idea to consult with a licensed professional and have them inspect your HVAC system in order to make sure that it is working as it should be.