Consequences of Not Changing Your HVAC System’s Air Filter?
Changing the air filter on an HVAC system is one of those tasks that can be easy to forget or ignore. However, the failure to complete this task at regular intervals can degrade system performance and increase your energy costs. At Comfort By Design, we provide a wide array of HVAC services to help ensure your heating and air conditioning is operating safely and at optimum efficiency.
If you fail to change your HVAC system air filter often enough, some of the consequences can include:
Poor Temperature Control
When the airflow from your HVAC unit is blocked by a filter clogged up with dust and debris, the cool or warm air cannot travel through the filter in sufficient amounts to get where it needs to go. This creates a strain in the system and prevents timely temperature control.
Clogged up, dirty air filters cannot stop pollutants from entering the air as effectively. This can lead to poor indoor air quality that will further cause health symptoms such as itchy throats and eyes, headaches, and more. Worse health issues can occur if filter replacement is delayed even longer. A clean air filter is detrimental to your health and your systems overall performance.
A blocked up air filter can make your furnace work overtime and eventually contribute to a breakdown of the unit. That’s something you can avoid by simply replacing the filter on a regularly scheduled basis.
An air conditioner has evaporator coils that help the unit remove heat from the air, keeping living spaces cool. If they become overworked, they can freeze up. A clogged up air filter prevents the air from properly flowing over the coils, causing them to stop working, which can lead to a complete AC system breakdown.
More Expensive Energy Bills
When air is blocked from passing through your HVAC system because of a clogged air filter, the system is overworked, making the heating or cooling of spaces within the home a much slower process. This means HVAC equipment runs longer and consumes more energy, translating into much higher energy bills each month.
For information about the HVAC system services we offer at Comfort By Design, or to request a service appointment, give us a call today at 719.374.1776 or send us a message using our contact form.