Dirty AC Air Filter = Shorter Life….for your Air Conditioning System that is.
Why should you worry about changing out your air conditioner’s air filter? A dirty air filter is the #1 reason for HVAC failure as well as many other problems inside your home. It is important to change your air filter out at the recommended time for multiple reasons.
Not changing your air filter often affects your air conditioner’s working condition greatly. It prevents proper air flow through your AC leading to clogged, dirty ducts. Dirty filters also place strain on your fan motor which can cause your system to overheat. This can cause your system to eventually fail way before it’s expected life span.
A dirty air filter also causes poor in home air quality. It can cause allergy flair ups as well as asthma in both adults and children. If you have pets, this is greatly increased due to pet dander and hair.
And lastly, improper change out times on your air filter can cause higher energy bills. Your AC unit has to work extra hard to pump out the cold or hot air into your home with a dirty filter. According to the US Department of Energy, “Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.” This is significant costs when it comes to an air conditioner. The consequences are higher than the cost of a new filter.
Dirty air filters can cause a lot of issues such as shortening the life of your AC as well as your quality of life indoors. Set a reminder to replace your air filters and know that you are preventing lots of headaches, literally!
If you find that remembering to change your filter is something you struggle with, you are not alone. This is one of the main reasons some people to sign up for service plans.