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Can Dirty Air Filters Pose a Safety Hazard in My House?

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Friday, July 08, 2016

How often do you change the air filters for your HVAC unit? When your homes’ air conditioner or furnace operates, it pulls air from inside your house through the unit. The air's first stop is your air filter, which removes, dust, dirt, debris and other small particulate matter. If you fail to change your air filter regularly, you could be increasing the wear and tear on your HVAC unit and increasing your home's indoor air pollution.

Hazards of Dirty HVAC Air Filters:

Clogged Air Filter – When you fail to change your air filter in a timely manner, you risk filter clogs, which can reduce the amount of air your HVAC unit receives and cause it to work harder.
Dirty Air Ducts – When your filter is excessively dirty, it allows particulate matter into your HVAC unit where it can pump dust, dirt and allergens into your air ducts.
Increased Energy Bills – When your HVAC unit has to work harder to heat or cool your home, your energy bills will increase.
Increased Indoor Air pollution – When your air filter and ducts are dirty, you may notice an increase in your allergy symptoms due to the increased dust and particulate matter inside your home.
Increased Wear and Tear on Your HVAC Unit – Clogged and dirty air filters can also lead to an increase in the number of repairs your HVAC unit needs throughout the year.

When to Change Your Air Filter

Most homeowners should change their air filters at least once every three months or at the change of the seasons. However, if you have pets, smoke, suffer from allergies or a breathing condition or have a lot of people in your home, you may need to change your air filter once a month in order to keep your HVAC running smoothly and your home's air clean.

Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance 

Regular HVAC maintenance can help you keep your air conditioner and furnace running smoothly and help you keep your air filter changed. Our HVAC maintenance packages include twice-yearly maintenance, scheduling priority and 15 percent discounts on any needed repairs. 

Learn more about how we can keep your air conditioner running smoothly all summer long or schedule a maintenance service that includes changing your air filter.