How Dirty Filters Can Negatively Impact Your Home & Your Health

filtersThe negative impact of not properly maintaining your HVAC system can affect your family and your home. Filters are responsible for air quality, if they are not clean, then neither is the air in your home. By changing filters regularly, homeowners can avoid illness and expensive energy bills.

Why is it Important to Change My Filters?

First of all, air filters are your HVAC system’s best line of defense against harmful germs, viruses, and allergens in the air.

Because filters trap airborne bacteria, if they are not replaced after a few months, it builds up. Dirty filters can’t do their job correctly, which allows debris, dust and bacteria to enter the home. As a result, these airborne allergens trigger allergic reactions and aggravate illnesses, like asthma.

Indoor air pollution can be even worse than outdoor air, making it imperative to change filters regularly. Clean filters stop the spread of airborne viruses and mold that can have a negative impact on your family’s health.

Dirty air filters can also lead to higher energy bills. Too much debris does not allow enough clean air to pass through, making your HVAC system work harder to heat and cool your home. If your filter is clean, your HVAC system will be able to work properly and efficiently, lowering your monthly electric bills.

How Do I Care for My Filters?

Although it may seem like a daunting task, proper care is easy when a schedule is implemented.

The most important step in creating a healthy indoor environment is changing out your filters regularly. Set a reminder in your phone for the first day of each month. Worried that you may put it in backwards? One of our technicians would be happy to walk you through the first installation.

If you do not use your HVAC system on a daily basis, set your reminder for every three months to ensure your system is staying clean.

If you have any questions about the health of your HVAC system, or feel that it may be time to have your system inspected by a professional, please contact us or call 800-994-2577.