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Dirty and Clogged Air Filters

The air filters in your home are a critical component for your air conditioning and heating unit. So why do many homeowners ignore their air filters and the simple process of regularly changing them? You have learned from our previous blog posts that there are numerous advantages to checking and changing your air filters on a regular basis. Today we are going to educate you on three dangers or disadvantages associated with clogged air filters.

1. Decreased air quality. The primary purpose of your home’s air filters is to collect and trap dust and other debris that collects in your home. Where do these contaminates come from? Most of the dust and dirt that is trapped in your air filters comes from open doors and windows as well as dirt that is tracked into the house with foot traffic. Also, don’t forget about your furry four-legged friends who live in your house as well. Pets are an important component to air quality based on the amount they shed in addition to the other dirt and dust that they can track into the house. Over time a standard air filter will become clogged and dirty, decreasing the air quality in your home.

2. Increased workload on your system. A clogged air filter not only decreases the air quality in your home, but it also makes it harder to heat and cool your home efficiently. In many cases, your system will work so hard with clogged air filters that it can cause components to fail and costly repairs. The restricted air flow places addition stain on the air handler fan motor and could burn out the motor over time. Filter replacement is a small price to pay to extend the life of your system.

3. Wastes money! The price of new air filters every 30 to 60 days is a small price to pay when compared to the costly repairs of a new motor or replacement of your HVAC system. Changing your air filters on a regular basis will keep your air running smoothly and efficiently to cool or heat your home using the least amount of energy. So if your energy bills are getting out of control, paying attention to the condition of your air filters can help save money throughout the entire home.

Your friends at Spencer Air Conditioning and Heating promote regular maintenance to your air conditioning system and want to warn you about the potential dangers of a clogged air filter. Make sure to pay close attention to your air filters in order to improve air quality, minimize the workload on your HVAC unit and save money every month! Call us today at (972) 446- COOL (2665) or find out more at spencerairconditioning.com.