Have you noticed a thicker layer of dust around the house? The air is cooling down which means we are all spending more time inside. If you haven’t changed your HVAC air filter recently, it might be contributing to the time you are spending cleaning your home.
Your HVAC air filter protects your home’s air quality. The filter collects:
- Pet Dander
- Microorganisms that cause diseases and allergies
Filters may require frequent replacement during allergy season when invisible particles of pollen are in the air. A home with dogs and cats may also need an HVAC air filter replacement every three months.
You save energy and have fewer emissions when the filters are free of debris. A clean HVAC air filter prevents excess dirt and debris from moving through the ducts, out through the exhaust and into the air. Energy efficiency helps reduce the environmental impact of your HVAC system.
Several types of filters are available for different size units. Fan filters are used with many systems since they provide more area for trapping particulates. An HVAC air filter is usually a neutral white or beige, depending on the material. It is easy to tell when they are full of dust and debris.
Clean filters will extend the life of the HVAC system. The system sucks air into the filter with the intake ducts. Filters clogged with debris may force the motor to work harder, which can cause them to overheat. In extreme situations a very full air filter can cause a the HVAC system to smoke. New air filters cost much less than repairs to a motor.
Good indoor air quality means better health for your family. This is especially important during flu and allergy seasons when your family spends a good deal of time indoors. Less dusting is great, but a clean air filter will also keep germs attached to dirt and dust from entering your home.
What to Look for in a Replacement Air Filter
Pleated Air Filters vs. Non-Pleated Filters
Generally speaking, pleated furnace filters are more efficient and last longer than fiberglass non-pleated filters. Pleated filters contain much more surface area to catch pollutants/contaminants and have the ability to have smaller pores to capture smaller particles while still allowing full airflow.
Because of this, you will note that the more pleats and layers of fiberglass in the filter the more contaminants your HVAC filter will catch.
Reynolds Air and Heat serves Brevard County and neighboring communities with fast service. Give us a call today to schedule your routine HVAC maintenance or system repair, or visit our Appointments Page to make your appointment, and we will call you to confirm your request.