Your HVAC air filters are more important now than ever before. Families are spending most of their time indoors to help stem the tide of the COVID-19 virus. In fact, most states have issued “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders. Being home more naturally increases debris like dust, pollen, pet dander, and fabric fibers that get into your HVAC system.
Regularly changing your air filter, can improve the quality of your air
There are invisible particles in the air that you can’t see with the naked eye, and these particles may cause irritation to the body in some way. This can include coughing fits, a runny nose, sneezing, nausea, headaches, or even allergic reactions.
Each airborne particle you inhale—whether it’s a pollutant, allergen, or pathogen—triggers a response by your immune system.
Allergens in your home’s air may include:
- Mold and Mold Spores
- Fibers and Lint, Metal
- Plaster or Wood Particles
- Hair and Animal Fur
- Other Microorganisms
Do air filters help?
Yes, especially if people have any type of preexisting respiratory problems like asthma, COPD, or allergies. The air filter allows the air from your heater and air-conditioner to pass through to the duct system in your home, while at the same time trapping the small particles in the air so they don’t pass through to the rest of the house. This allows the air passing through your ventilation system to have less of a chance of spreading around irritants that can be inhaled.
A clean air filter not only keeps your system running efficiently but helps trap more allergens and keeps you breathing easier. By capturing those harmful particles and circulating clean air throughout your space, your body can focus on keeping your immune system strong day and night.
Added benefit – extending the life of your HVAC equipment
Clogged air filters are among the leading cause of HVAC system failure. Simply put, air can’t move through a clogged air filter. And this can cause you to lose 25% or more of the efficiency in your heating and cooling system, resulting in increased energy bills.
Changing air filters regularly is an important part of managing your home’s air quality. But it also improves the efficiency of your HVAC system’s performance and extends the life of condenser units. Preventative maintenance protocols can extend the lifetime of your condenser units.
How Often Should You Change Your Air Filters?
The answer is, it depends on your living situation. Are you following your state’s stay at home order? Are there several people sharing your home? How big is your home? Do you have pets? Does someone in the home suffer from allergies or respiratory medical conditions? If you answered yes to most of the above questions, it could be in your best interest to change your filters anywhere from four to six times a year.
If you’re unsure about how often to change your filters, or even what the right filter for your home is, just call Levco. We are your local HVAC experts, and we are here to assist with all your heating and cooling needs. Stay up to date with Levco by following us on Facebook, where we post home & energy tips for homeowners in Fairfield County, Connecticut.