We rely on the air filters in our HVAC units to perform a number of duties around the home. The primary function of the air filter is to remove harmful and irritable air pollutants such as bacteria, dust, and more from the air of your home or business. In addition to removing air pollutants from your breathing air, the air filter also prevents these same particles from affecting your HVAC system. Keeping track of service dates will help system owners schedule periodic maintenance that will work to ensure many trouble-free years of operation. Ignoring these issues and forgetting to replace something as simple as a filter can quickly lead to trouble, as we will explore below.
With a piece as small as the air filter, it’s kind of hard to believe that it can cause a world of problems. However, if not maintained properly, a clogged or unchanged air filter can cause actually be quite unproductive to the efficiency to your HVAC system. Similar to a car needing its oil changed every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, HVAC air filters need to be changed as well. At Action Cooling & Heating Fort Meyers, many of the common problems that technicians face are HVAC issues that stem from unchanged air filters.
According to Action Cooling & Heating Fort Meyers, one way in which an unchanged air filter can become harmful to your home is through overworking. Think about the body of an NBA player: When well–rested, an NBA player is at the top of his game. He has the endurance and strength necessary to perform as he is expected. But as the season carries on and the same athlete is forced to play consecutive games without rest, their performance starts to diminish. The athlete is being overworked and cannot perform as well as he would with rest. The same goes for your air filter; if your air filter is overworked without being changed out, it will start to overwork your machine and cause it to become less efficient.
This analogy is just one way of demonstrating the knowledge on display when working with the team from Action Cooling & Heating Fort Meyers. We don’t expect our customers to know everything there is to know about HVAC systems. However, we hope they expect that we’ll be the knowledgeable experts capable of detecting, diagnosing and fixing flaws in your heating and cooling systems. This objective can only be accomplished after an initial phone call has been made so if you feel like your HVAC system is chugging along like an NBA player at the tail-end of the season, it’s time to make a change.
Another way that an air filter can harm your HVAC unit is rather unusual and not often considered. Many home and business owners want an HVAC unit that is as efficient as possible. This means they tend to choose units that fall on the higher end of the MERV rating system. Depending on the air filter you choose and how it interacts with your HVAC unit, you may find yourself in a less efficient situation. Choosing a filter that is either under or over–optimized for your HVAC unit can lead to an increase in energy bills and possibly damage your HVAC unit as a whole. Some repair and maintenance companies may advocate for investing in top-of-the-line equipment and consumables, such as filters. Action Cooling & Heating Fort Meyers has been in the industry long enough to know that this isn’t always the fix-all solution. As noted above, an over-optimized filter that only delivers higher utility bills is going to result in an unhappy customer. There’s nothing we’d want to avoid more than that so after a thorough on-site inspection of the system and ongoing issues that clients are experiencing, the solution that’s right for the unique situation at hand will be proposed.
At the end of the day, the HVAC system in your home or business is the conduit that’s delivering clean air via the ventilation ducts. It’s also piping in warm air in the winter and air-conditioned air in the summer. If you suspect that a critical component in this system could be on its way out, call Action Cooling & Heating Fort Meyers before it’s too late. For more information, be sure to check back with our blog.