Homeowners often lament the difficulty and cost of maintaining their cooling and heating systems. With that in mind, one of the most effective and least-expensive ways you can help maintain your system is to regularly change the air filter. Sounds easy, right? That said, many folks don’t know how to do it or don’t realize the significance of doing it. That’s why the professionals at Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating want to explain to you the benefits of keeping your system’s air filter clean and replaced as needed.
One of the greatest benefits to filtration is your family’s health. A dirty, improper or inefficient air filter can contribute to poor air quality in your home. This can trigger a plethora of unhealthy side effects, such as:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Fatigue and depression
These health issues can be caused by dirt, mold, pet dander, bacteria and other contaminants that have not been properly filtered or removed from your heating and cooling system. Symptoms can also be caused by high carbon monoxide levels, which would be caused by a damaged and potentially dangerous system.
After air circulates through your home, it passes through the cold-air return duct and through the system’s air filter before entering the blower to be distributed. As this happens, the filter removes dust collected in the air through its travels. A clogged air filter can also cause extensive damage to your system that could ultimately lead to costly repair or even premature replacement. Also, while helping maintaining good air quality and preventing unnecessary damage, cleaning or changing a clogged air filter can also save on utility bills.
Please note that cleaning or changing your air filter is just one aspect of a regular maintenance schedule. Regular tune-ups and other maintenance including air duct cleaning, sealing and installation of air purifiers and carbon monoxide detectors could be needed. Call Sanborn’s today to shedule your tune-up and while we are there we will replace your filter. Ask your technician if you are interested in learning more about air filters, humidification systems, air scrubbers, carbon monoxide detectors and other options to help improve indoor air quality in your home.