The change of the seasons is a great time to change your home’s HVAC air filter. It’s recommended that homeowners change their air filter every one to three months depending on the amount of dust and grime in their air. Allergens such as smoke, pet hair, and dander may increase the frequency of change. As we roll into a new season, now is the perfect time to think about HVAC repair and maintenance for your Jacksonville, Florida home.
For many homeowners, now is also the time when you may be switching from fans to air or air to heat. Make sure your unit is in good working order, including a clean air filter, before you switch back to heat. There are many benefits to changing your air filter regularly. Don’t let your home fall into disrepair; stay on top of home maintenance issues like clean and functioning air filters.
Five Benefits of Changing Your Air Filters
1 – Improve Home Air Quality
The cleanliness of your HVAC air filter directly impacts the quality of the air in your home. In fact, the primary job of the air filter is to clean the air that circulates through your HVAC system. The air filter is designed with fibers, usually made of fiberglass, that trap the unwanted elements contained in your home’s air. These can include pollen, dust, dirt, mold spores, animal fur, microorganisms, bacteria, and more.
Not only do dirty air filters not work to clean your air as well, but all of those trapped nasty particles are sitting in your HVAC system. When you change your air filter regularly, you’re disposing of the grime and germs trapped in the air filter and allowing the air to be cleaned more thoroughly as it passes through. Also, studies show that indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality, and people normally spend around 90 percent of their time indoors. All that dirty air can lead to health issues like asthma, allergies, headaches, and even chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease. Keep your family healthy with clean air by changing your air filters regularly.
2 – Improve Energy Efficiency
Not only do clean air filters improve your home’s air quality, but they also increase energy efficiency. Clogged and dirty air filters require your HVAC system to work harder to push air through your system. This results in higher amounts of energy usage, which leads to higher energy bills. Changing your air filters can actually pay for itself in lower utility bills.
When you combine an energy-efficient HVAC system with high-quality air filters and change them regularly, you benefit the environment and your wallet. Don’t throw money out the window, change your air filters this fall.
3 – Extend the Life of Your HVAC Unit
One of the main benefits of changing your HVAC air filters is that it extends the life of your unit. A new HVAC unit is a costly investment and you want to ensure your system lasts for its full life expectancy. You can help extend the life of your unit with regular HVAC maintenance, including regularly changing your air filters.
When your air filters are worn or dirty, your system has to work harder to push air through. This means that your system is expending more effort than necessary. Also, if the dirt and grime have no room to get trapped in a full air filter, it can end up clogging up your HVAC system components. Take care of your system in order to extend the life of your unit.
4 – Lower Repair Frequency
Like purchasing a new HVAC unit, it can be costly to repair your HVAC system. With regular maintenance and changing your air filters, you can prevent unnecessary damage to your unit. When you prevent damage, you also prevent costly repairs. Some of the most common repair issues we see are the system not maintaining the correct temperature, high electric bills, weird noises in the system, and bad odors. All of these issues can be impacted by a dirty or worn air filter.
When you schedule regular HVAC maintenance, your air filter is changed as part of the maintenance package. Also, our team of expert technicians evaluates your system to identify any areas in need of repair before your system breaks. This is key to avoiding more damage that leads to even more expensive repairs. Lower your frequency of HVAC repairs by maintaining your system from the start.
5 – Better Temperature Control
As with all of the other benefits, when you change your air filters regularly, your HVAC system works more efficiently while producing the right amount of heated or cooled air. When your air filters are clean and the air passes through with ease, your unit can better maintain the internal temperature of your home.
When you combine high-quality air filters with a smart thermostat, you can maximize the desired temperature in your home while saving money on energy costs. That’s a smart way to run your home!
Keep It Clean!
In order to save money on energy costs, repairs, or HVAC system replacement, stay on top of your HVAC maintenance. You can do this by scheduling regular maintenance or by signing up for one of the J&W Heating and Air Preventive Maintenance Plans.
Your regular home maintenance should include inspection and replacement of your air filters every one to three months. This will help ensure that your home’s air is clean and your HVAC system is working properly. Keep your family healthy by keeping your air filters clean.
Contact the experts at J&W Heating and Air to schedule maintenance or HVAC repairs in Jacksonville, Florida. We have over 55 years of experience helping local clients maintain the quality of their homes.