If you are a homeowner, it is important to always check to see if you have a clogged air filter in your HVAC system. Changing the air filter is an important part any maintenance responsibilities, as the filter itself is a crucial part of the unit’s operation. Check your air filter’s condition often and be ready to change monthly if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Sometimes, no matter the types of filters, it can be a good idea to replace them if your system meets a certain set of criteria. If you run your unit for over six months on a year to year basis, it can be a good idea to check on the system. Similarly, if you have any pets, it is highly recommended to stay on top of your unit’s maintenance. Pet dander can very easily become airborne, which can circulate throughout the home just like dust. This can exacerbate asthma or allergy symptoms. If you smoke or live in an area that regularly experiences wildfire, then the chances of airborne ash particles getting caught in your filter is high. For the same reason, if your home comes with a fireplace that is turned on from time to time, it is recommended to look into the filter in order to make sure that it is operating as it should be.
Additionally, it is important to immediately change the filter if you notice that it has been damaged. No matter whether it occurred during installation or in the packaging itself, a damaged filter will have bent fins and collapsed cells, which will make it difficult for the HVAC system to effectively utilize it.
If the filter becomes damp, it is important to change it immediately. Intrusions of moisture in the filter, whether caused by system condensation or high levels of indoor humidity, can cause the filter to become moldy. This, in turn, can spread airborn mold particles that can circulate through the home through the ventilation system. If there is already moldy growth on the filter, then changing the filter is highly recommended. Mold spores can be a serious health hazard for residents of the home, and they can spread diseases while simultaneously making existing symptoms worse. Changing your filter will help combat these health risks. To make sure that your home’s air quality is optimal and the HVAC system is running efficiently, call on Oxford Plumbing & Heating Inc.