If you ever find yourself saying, “I think I replaced my HVAC air filter” or “I don’t know when my filter was changed,” then this article is for you. Most homeowners would be shocked to know how much money it costs to operate a heating and air system with a dirty filter.
The Impact of a Dirty Filter
A dirty air filter located at the cold air inlet forces the heating and air conditioner system to get the air it needs from another location – such as the attic or crawlspace. This can lead to major problems. It can also increase your utility bills.
Most filters should be changed monthly. There is a variety of filters available. Some can be changed every three to six months, or even as long as a year. If you have a dust problem in your home, there could be a simple explanation, such as:
- Ductwork not sealed
- Cheap filter
- No filter (that’s bad)
- Return air located in ceiling (Dust doesn’t settle to the ceiling)
- Improperly sized filter
The Bottom Line
Starving an HVAC system from enough return air not only costs you extra dollars, but it also shortens the life of the unit. Something as simple as changing an air filter can save you big in the long run.
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