HVAC System Maintenance Includes Routine Air Filter Replacement — Here’s Why

by Greg Leisgang on April 17, 2014

Posted in: Service

air filter replacementHVAC manufacturers recommend air filter replacement as a regularly scheduled activity. Heating and air conditioning technicians make the same recommendation. But why is it so important?

Why Air Filter Replacement Matters

  • Dirty air filters are the number one reason for heating and cooling system failures. A dirty air filter makes the entire system work harder than it should to keep the home comfortable. This leads to more repair costs and a shorter equipment life span.
  • A dirty air filter makes your system use more energy. When the system works harder, it will use more electricity and fuel to keep your home at the same temperature.
  • Your indoor air quality will deteriorate with a dirty air filter. As the air filter gets more and more clogged, it won't be able to filter out the dust and allergens you want it to.
  • A dirty air filter spreads dirt. The dirt that the filter doesn't catch goes through to the ductwork and the inside of the HVAC system. That leads to expenses for cleanup, more repair costs and an earlier system replacement.
  • Your energy bills will go up with a dirty air filter. As energy use goes up, so do your energy costs. This is especially true during the heat spells and cold snaps when the systems are already working hard to keep the house comfortable.
  • Your environmental impact increases as the dirt accumulates. Your carbon footprint spreads as your energy use goes up. Changing the filter is a great way to be more environmentally responsible.

If you haven't made routine air filter replacement a part of your normal routine, now's the time to start. For more information on HVAC maintenance and how to improve indoor air quality, contact Tri-County Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve our neighbors all around Cincinnati.

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