Are you feeling off-kilter? It’s time to change your filter! A dirty air filter could turn your house into a ghastly mess. Here are the three ways a dirty air filter can damage your HVAC unit:
- Decreased indoor air quality – With the amount of time spent indoors, it is important to make sure that you are breathing clean air. A build-up of debris in your air filters can result in many symptoms such as coughing, allergy flares, and respiratory discomfort. Long-term exposure can lead to a weakened immune system and increase your risk of chronic illnesses.
- Blocked and restricted airflow – Overtime, clogged air filters will place stress on all components of your HVAC unit leading to untimely future repairs and replacements. The disturbed airflow makes your heating and cooling coils prone to damages such as freezing over or burning out. This can lead to other problems such as water damage from melt off or overall system failure.
- Poor system efficiency – Due to the increased pressure in the ventilation pathways of your unit, you may experience problems in temperature regulation. This shows up as uneven heating and cooling of your home. The constant variation in temperature can disrupt the comfortability of your home.
Although air filters may seem like a small part of your HVAC unit, they are the arms and legs of a functional unit and a comfortable home environment. Neglecting this minor investment has the potential to wreak havoc on the functionality of your unit and your wallet. On top of paying more each month for increased energy output, you’ll also be paying for it with your health. An air filter replacement is a quick and inexpensive investment, whereas the damages caused by neglecting regular maintenance will cost you thousands.