Having a clean air filter is essential for both the quality of air in your home and the efficiency of your HVAC system. Different types of oven or AC filters have varying specifications for when they should be replaced. Fiberglass filters are cheaper but need to be changed every 30 days, while pleated air filters are more expensive but can last 3 to 6 months. A clean home air filter will help you save money on energy costs, improve the overall life expectancy of your HVAC system, and improve the quality of the air you breathe on a daily basis.
During the heating season, you should check the condition of your oven filter once a month. A HEPA filter is extremely efficient, but a significant amount of air pressure is needed to force air through it. Higher values indicate better expected relative filtration performance; in other words, higher MERV filters should do a better job of filtering dust particles, pollen, and other unwanted materials from the air moving through the system. Not replacing the air filter accordingly can cause the homeowner's energy bill to rise, as clogged filters cause the system to work harder when air circulates. Replacing filters regularly can keep homeowners and their families healthy through efficient air circulation.
It's easy to measure when a furnace filter is full using a device that monitors the filter surface. A tall MERV filter with a very tight mesh can be too much for some units, resulting in a situation much like a clogged air filter, even right after changing it. If you have changed your air filters and continue to notice these problems, it is advisable to call a professional to help you solve the main problem. A dirty air filter consumes much more energy than a new, clean air filter, which means a much higher electricity bill for you. This is especially true if homeowners begin to notice particles floating in the air and subsequently cause allergic reactions. Without a filter as the oven's first line of defense, particles in the air would have access to the oven's internal components.
For example, a family of four will need to change their air filters more often than a single person's home. Disposable fiberglass panel filters should be changed every 1-3 months, while higher quality pleated filters last 3 to 6 months. Consider replacing air filters after a major home renovation to keep the air clean and reduce the chances of costly maintenance repairs later on. Call your Extreme Comfort Advisor today to have your air filter serviced or replaced. Changing the oven filters in your heating system can do a lot for both your home and your heating system itself.
It can improve the air quality inside your house and can also increase its efficiency. Make sure you check your oven filter regularly and replace it when necessary for optimal performance.