Most Greater Cincinnati Area Homeowners Already Know That Changing Air Filters Regularly Is Important, But Do You Know Why You Should Do It?

by Greg Leisgang on November 15, 2011

Posted in: Indoor Air Quality

air filter maintenanceKeeping your filters clean is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your HVAC system. Manufacturers generally recommend that air filters be changed every thirty days, especially when the system is used consistently, but many Cincinnati homeowners do not know why it is critical. Neglecting this simple piece of equipment could raise your utility bills and result in having to replace the whole HVAC much sooner than expected. Ignoring it could also put the health of your family at risk.

Keeping air flowing freely through your heating and cooling system is the key to the operation of the any equipment, but especially with the high-efficiency systems that have become so popular. These units can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over the life of the equipment in reduced utility bills, but only if they are functioning properly. When the air filter gets dirty, airflow is restricted and the system has to work harder, which wastes energy.

Another reason that it is important to change air filters regularly is because a dirty filter will reduce the life expectancy of your HVAC equipment. When dirt gets into the system, it increases the wear and tear on the motor and other components, causing them to break down. Replacing the system can be very expensive, which is why it makes sound financial sense to spend the money on new filters instead of a entire unit.

It is also important to change the air filter regularly to protect the health of your family. The Greater Cincinnati area is a hot bed for allergies, and a clean filter will help protect the people most at risk. If a filter is full, it can't do its job. When a filter is changed regularly, it can efficiently capture pollutants like dust, dander and mold spores.

If you want to know more about how to protect your home HVAC system, contact Tri-County Heating and Cooling. Our service professionals have been taking care of the heating and cooling needs of people in Hamilton, Butler and Warren Counties since 1969.

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