WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTER?
Most of us know that the air filter in our HVAC system needs to be changed on a regular basis, but sometimes our busy lives get in the way. If you neglect changing your air filter for an extended period of time, here are some of the potential consequences.
YOUR HVAC SYSTEM WILL BE LESS EFFICIENT
When you don’t change your air filter frequently enough, it gets clogged with any number of airborne pollutants and allergens. This makes the HVAC system’s job much more difficult, so it works harder and longer to do the job it’s been tasked to do.
YOUR HVAC SYSTEM MAY BREAK DOWN
The unfortunate eventual outcome of not changing your air filter, beyond working less efficiently, is that it will stop working altogether. Your HVAC system is powered by a fan motor that has to work harder when there is a clogged filter. This extra strain can make the motor overheat or even break.
IT COSTS YOU MONEY
Besides a higher energy bill from an inefficient HVAC system, if it breaks down, those new parts (or even a whole new system), are going to cost a lot more than the extra air filters you should keep stocked and use on a regular basis.
YOUR AIR QUALITY DROPS
The cost isn’t just hitting your pocketbook. Your health is at stake as well. Your air filter is meant to keep harmful contaminants from you and your family. If you don’t change them in a timely manner you risk headaches, fatigue, coughing, sneezing, and other health conditions.
YOUR HOME WILL BE DIRTIER
If your air filter is clogged, dust and dirt will re-circulate throughout your home. This means you may start seeing extra dust on the floor and counters.
IT’S BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
If your HVAC system is working harder than it needs to, it does more than cost you money and potential adverse health effects. You are also having a negative impact on the environment. Sure, the change in your carbon footprint may be small on its own, but if everyone expends that little bit of extra energy, it adds up to something significant.
Call today to schedule a free indoor air quality test for Village Residents today.