The Potential Problems of Ignoring Your Air Filters

15 Jan

The Potential Problems of Ignoring Your Air Fi...

By: airworks@charlotte.com

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Most Matthews, North Carolina homeowners don’t understand the importance of their air filters. Yes, your air filters are there to help keep the air that comes out of your HVAC system clean, but it also plays an essential role in the proper operation of your HVAC system. Changing out your air filters is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain your heating and air conditioning system. Below, we will discuss the potential problems of ignoring your air filters in your Matthews, North Carolina home.

Higher Energy Bills

When your air filter becomes dirty, it also becomes clogged. When it’s clogged, air cannot easily flow through the system. This causes your entire heating and air conditioning system to work harder to distribute heat or air where it is needed. This increases your energy usage and your energy bills simultaneously since your system is running longer and working harder.

Reduced Temperature Regulation

Because clogged air filters make your HVAC system strain to create airflow throughout your Matthews, NC home, warm and/or cool air cannot adequately go where it is needed. This means that some rooms in your home can be too cold in the winter time and too warm in the summer time.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Your air filters were designed to catch and trap contaminants and pollutants such as pollen, dust, dirt, dander, etc. from circulating throughout the air in your Matthews, NC home. When they are dirty, they can no longer trap these harmful pollutants. Immediate issues from the pollutants can include itchy eyes or throat, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. Poor indoor air quality can be especially harmful to those with preexisting respiratory issues like asthma or lung disease.

Added Stress to your HVAC System

Finally, because your heating and air conditioning system is forced the work harder with clogged air filters, you’ll be adding unnecessary stress and wear and tear to your system. This could lead to early breakdowns and even costly repairs.

Because every home environment is unique, the team at AirWorks Cooling & Heating suggests checking on your air filters once a month and then assessing whether or not it’s time to replace them. If you are still unsure about the status of your air filters or your heating and air conditioning system in general, give our team a call today! We have been proudly serving the greater Matthews, NC area for over 15 years!