Air Filter | Heating and Air Conditioning
Keeping your heating and air conditioning equipment operating properly provides for both optimum comfort and minimal energy bills throughout both the heating and cooling seasons. Changing the filter is one of the simplest tasks in keeping HVAC equipment clean and problem free. Changing the air filter on a routine basis will also improve the indoor air quality. A clean air filter plays an essential role in a heating and air conditioning system, along with annual maintenance and timely repair.
You depend upon your home’s heating and air conditioning, and the purpose of the air filter is to protect the HVAC system from dust and dirt, which creates friction. Dirt and debris can build on coils and heat exchangers, inhibiting efficient energy transfer. This increases the system’s workload, decreasing its lifespan and increasing the risk of a system malfunction. In addition, efficiency and performance will suffer, resulting in increased energy costs.
There are a number of different types of filters available, though regardless of type, all filters should be checked, maintained and changed to assist in maintaining the system’s proper performance and safety.
Using the appropriate filter for your heating and air conditioning system is essential to prevent damage. There are various grades of air filters, and a superior filter may be denser than your system can draw air through. If this occurs, your system can be damaged due to the strain placed upon it in its efforts to draw air through the filter. This results in overheating, and potential damage or even a fire. If you are uncertain of the appropriate filter to use in your heating and air conditioning system, contact the manufacturer or give us a call.
Once the filter has an excess of dust and debris airflow can be blocked, causing extensive damage to the system. Routine filter changes ensure the longevity of your system, and potentially prevent costly repair and replacement charges. Dirt and the neglect of maintenance are one of the leading causes of heating and air conditioning systems failing, and with filter changes and annual maintenance it is completely avoidable.
Changing the air filter also ensures cleaner, fresher, healthier air, a benefit for everyone, though especially for those with allergies and/or asthma. While it should be understood that an HVAC only helps to clean air, and can’t clean it in the way a dedicated air purification system will, it does clean the dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the circulating air.
Finally, a dirty air filter causes the system to use more energy for both, heating and air conditioning, up to 15% in fact. Changing your HVAC system’s air filter is beneficial in a number of ways, economically, health-wise and environmentally.
The frequency of filter changes will depend upon the type of filter used and the manufacturer’s recommendation. In general, the cheap fiberglass filters should be changed monthly. Pleated filters may be as little as every three months. Choose a day, such as the 1st for example, for filter check day. If any of the following affect your household more frequent changes may be required:
- A family member has allergies, asthma, COPD or other respiratory condition.
- There are pets in the household.
- A fireplace or wood heater is used.
- The presence of excessive dust and/or pollen.
- There is a smoker in the home.
If any of these conditions are relevant to your home, check the filter every 2 weeks and change as required, but no less than once per month for the best performance and the protection of your heating and air conditioning system.
Don’t clean disposable filters, dispose of them once they are soiled, or if they become wet. A wet filter in the air return indicates a problem. Contact your Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning technician for diagnosis and repair of the heating and air conditioning system. Only permanent filters can be cleaned. Do not risk mold forming within the HVAC system by inserting a wet or damp permanent filter, allow them to dry completely before inserting.
The second step you can take to ensure the longevity, performance and efficiency of the HVAC system is to provide annual heating and air conditioning service by a qualified HVAC technician.
Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule service for issues with your heating and air conditioning . Our certified technicians offer experience and expertise for providing maintenance, heating and air conditioning installation, and heating and air conditioning repair in Katy. If you have questions regarding your systems air filter give us a call. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.