Why It’s Important to Change Your Furnace Filter in the Summer
Most homeowners are aware that they need to change their furnace filter, but what many don’t realize is that they filter the air for their cooling systems as well. If you didn’t know your furnace filter was for your air conditioner as well, you do now, so let’s discuss why it’s important to change your furnace filter in the summer.
How often should you change your filter?
Changing your furnace filter regularly is one of the most important things you can do for the overall health and efficiency of your HVAC system, but many homeowners don’t change them frequently enough. Most 1” filters should be changed every 30 days, while some types of filters vary in the length of time they are effective. The number of people and pets in your home are a big factor in how long a filter should be checked and changed. Just remember, you should never let it go unchanged for more than 60-days.
What happens if you don’t change your furnace filter?
If like most homeowners, you make a habit of keeping your utility bills as low as possible, this will be enough for you to understand why it’s so important to change your furnace filter in the summer. A blocked and dirty furnace filter reduces the airflow to your unit and forces it to work harder and longer to achieve your desired temperature. This means your system will use an unnecessary amount of energy during the summer when rates are already higher.
As we mentioned above, it’s important to change your furnace filter to keep your system running as efficiently as possible, but it will also make your cooling system last much longer. If your system is forced to work harder and longer due to a lack of airflow, it also means that it’s accumulating more wear and tear, which will reduce its lifespan. As the filter gets caked with dirt, it will also start to allow debris and contaminants to accumulate on the intricate mechanisms inside your unit, which can lead to damage.
If you neglect to change your filter as it becomes increasingly dirty, it can damage your health as much as the health of your HVAC system. The debris will begin to enter your HVAC system, as we mentioned, but that also means it will begin to circulate throughout your home as well. During the summer, your furnace filter saves you from the onslaught of allergens in the air, but if it’s not changed regularly, those allergens could end up circulating throughout your home.
Want to breathe easier this summer? Contact HAMCO for more information and assistance!
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