Furnaces and heat pumps are very popular heating systems, and with good reason. They are forced air systems that can operate with great efficiency, and distributing heated air throughout a home via a network of air ducts is a great way to heat a home up promptly. Such systems can run into trouble, however, if they do not have fresh air filters in place. When you schedule routine HVAC maintenance, air filters will be changed as needed. This only happens once a year, though.
Typically, an air filter should be changed once every 1-3 months. There are a lot of factors that can affect this need, however—pets in the house, general cleanliness, and so on. You should be checking your air filter regularly to assess its condition and replacement needs. Is it really worth the trouble, you may be wondering? The answer is yes, it absolutely is. Changing your air filter is a very simple task, replacement filters are quite cheap, and the benefits of doing so are numerous.
Dirty Air Filters Mean Increased Airflow Resistance
Imagine that you are asked to blow through a straw or a tube. No big deal, right? Well, what if someone were to crimp that straw or tube, narrowing the pathway that the air must be forced through. Sure, you could probably handle forcing your breath through that passageway, but it is going to be more difficult than it would be without any such obstruction in place. That is much the same case with a dirty air filter.
The dirtier your air filter is, the harder that your heater in Roswell, GA is going to have to work in order to force heated air through the system. That means that its energy consumption is going to go up. Do you know what will go up right along with that energy consumption? Your energy costs. That means that you’ll probably wind up paying more for less comfort as your system struggles along—and the problems don’t stop there, either.
Added Strain Means Added Risk
When your system is working harder than it should have to, even in an area like ours where winters are fairly mild, you have to expect the level of wear and tear that the system encounters to go up. When this happens, the system is at an increased risk of operational problems. Short cycling is something that very dirty filters can cause, and that can really ramp up the wear and tear on your system.
Short cycling occurs when a dirty filter causes the system to overheat due to overexertion. The system will shut down to prevent damages, and then it will start back up. But then it shuts back down, and the short cycling just goes on and on. It costs more to run a system that is short cycling because starting a system up uses more energy than keeping one running, and all of that wear and tear can lead to serious system damages.
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