Changing heating and air conditioning filters saves money

Air quality is a major concern in all parts of the country.

Greenhouse gas emissions, exhaust fumes, smoking, pets and all sorts of air pollution impact the quality of the air we breathe.

Poor air quality is responsible for a lot of illnesses, including asthma, frequent coughing, migraines and even lung cancer. Doctors are encouraging people to wear face masks when spending time outdoors in polluted environments. Investing in indoor whole-house air quality accessories is an effective means of improvement. HEPA air filters are also gaining popularity due to rising concerns with air pollution and the problems it can cause. One important factor which greatly affects air quality is the condition of the heating and cooling system. Air conditioners and furnaces include air filters and filtration systems. The air circulating through the HVAC system passes through and the filter traps dust, dander and other contaminants. Over time, the filter can become clogged with debris. It then can compromise the air quality as well as the efficiency, safety and overall performance of the heating and cooling system. Typically, air filters should either be cleaned or changed every six weeks. The frequency of replacement depends on many things. The type of heating/cooling system, MERV rating and level of pollution in the indoor environment all play a role. However, many people forget or neglect to replace the air filters as often as they should. Relying on the same filter for long periods doesn’t save money. It can actually lead to higher energy costs by forcing the heating and cooling system to run for longer cycles, work harder and use more energy. The system can’t operate as efficiently or provide sufficient comfort. There’s also a greater chance for malfunction and premature system failure.


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