1. Reduce your energy bills
An HVAC system consumes more power because it has to run longer and work harder to reach temperature when it has a dirty, clogged filter. And when it requires more energy to run, it causes your energy bill to skyrocket. Changing your HVAC filters regularly means your system works more efficiently and needs to use less gas or electricity. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs.
2. Extend the life of your HVAC system
You want your HVAC system to last as long as possible. HVAC systems require air flowing through them to work properly. When the HVAC filters get clogged with a thick layer of dust, that airflow is compromised. That can lead to the coils freezing or worse, an overheated compressor. Changing HVAC filters is a simple task that can prevent damage to your equipment. If you neglect to change the filter, your system may still work well for a while, but it will not last as long as it could.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint
An HVAC system with a dirty air filter is working harder than it needs to. And that extra work means that it is using more energy than it needs to use, which is costing you money and contributing to your carbon footprint. When your air filter is changed your home will decrease its energy consumption and therefore help the environment!
4. Reduce allergens and other contaminants
The EPA estimates that the air we breathe inside our homes can be more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors. The purpose of the HVAC filter is to reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that are circulated throughout your home. If you have pets, a clean HVAC filter is even more important because pet dander will accumulate in the system and then spread allergens throughout the household. It’s an easy fix to replace your filter and prevent air quality from deteriorating.
5. Lessen HVAC system repairs
The most common reason an HVAC system breaks down is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air can’t pass through and the system overheats. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require a new one. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system. When you prevent damage, you also prevent costly repairs. Lower your frequency of HVAC repairs by maintaining your system from the start.