If there’s one cardinal rule of proper HVAC maintenance, it would have to be changing the air filters. There’s no more simple yet crucial way to keep your heating system running efficiently all year long. Here are Rapid Repair Experts’ top 3 reasons you need to change your dirty air filters this winter.
Clogged air filters raise heating costs
When air filters get clogged, they lose the ability to let air pass through, drastically reducing your system’s efficiency. Low efficiency inevitably leads to higher energy bills, particularly during cold Raleigh winters when the furnace is used constantly. Change your filters at least once a month to reduce your heating costs. In addition, steer clear of “high efficiency” filters priced around $20. These expensive items can actually do more harm than good to your HVAC system. Your filter should prevent large particles from being sucked into the unit and causing damage, and basic, inexpensive air filters are well-equipped to perform this task.
Dirty air filters lead to allergies & colds
The air filter’s purpose is to catch particles of dust and debris so that they don’t circulate throughout your home’s air. When the filter is clogged, however, it can’t collect any more particles, allowing them to blow through every heating vent. This can result in an increase in allergies and colds. A clean air filter will cut down on the amount of allergens and dust in the air, helping you breathe easier this winter.
Change your filter for better comfort in the Triangle
An efficient heating system will keep your entire home warm and comfortable at a minimal cost. That being said, dirty air filters make that job far more difficult than it should be. When air flows through your ductwork, it naturally follows the path of least resistance. Therefore, instead of trying to force its way through a clogged filter, the air will exit the ducts through tiny holes and cracks. This can lead to leakage levels of over 20 percent, and that number can be doubled by variable speed furnaces. Leaks like these will expose your home to dirty air from your crawl space while reducing your home’s comfort. Clean air filters offer consistent, reliable heat throughout the home, keeping you and your family warm this winter in the Raleigh-Durham area.
Although everyday air filters do a pretty good job at keeping your air clean and efficient, a filter placed directly at the furnace will reduce static pressure and duct leakage significantly. Fortunately, there are various products available that solve this dilemma. To find out more about these game-changing HVAC products, click here or call Rapid Repair Experts today!