Every summer, homeowners go to great lengths to ensure that their house will be cool enough to comfortably escape the heat. However, you rarely hear people worrying about the condition of their air filters. While keeping cool is a top priority in the warmer weather, the quality of the air is arguably just as important. It may not be noticeable at first glance, but the status of your filter and the quality of the air in your home play a big part in the health of your family members and your HVAC unit itself. Here are a few reason why air filtration is of the utmost importance.
Alleviates and Prevents Chronic Health Problems
With a dirty air filter, you’re allowing pollutants like dirt, dust mites, pollen and mold to circulate throughout your home. Particles like those are known to trigger chronic health problems such as allergies and asthma. This is especially important for children because about 1 in 13 school-aged kids suffer from asthma according to the EPA. Promptly replacing your air filter reduces the amount of irritating particles in the air and can result in less emergency trips to the doctor.
Dirty Air Filters Can Cause HVAC System Damage
In addition to decreasing the quality of the air in your home, neglecting to promptly replace your air filter can cause damage to your A/C system. Running a dirty filter through your system for too long can cause clogs in the airways, which can lead to a large amount of damage to the system. They prevent the cold air from flowing through properly, which can cause leaks and freezes to occur. Having your air filter replaced on a regular basis ensures that your system is able to run without a hitch for a longer period of time.
Clean Filter = Better Energy Efficiency
When your air filter is dirty, your A/C needs to work harder in order to get the air through the system and distribute it throughout the whole house. When it’s working overtime, it is using more energy to operate. As a result, your energy bill ends up being higher than necessary. Making sure your air filter is clean can help you save money on your energy bill in the long run, while reducing the wear and tear on your A/C unit. It’s a win-win situation!
With all of the problems that can be solved with such a simple task, it’s a no brainer to have your air filter checked and replaced regularly. If you are experiencing any of the above problems and want to improve the air quality of your home, the experts at Attilio Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling have the experience and resources to get your A/C system in the best shape possible. Contact us on our website or call 610-277-5698 today to get started!