There are several benefits to routinely cleaning or replacing the air filters in your home. Depending on the heating and cooling system(s) installed in your home you may have different types of filters installed for different purposes. Most heating and cooling systems employ a filter to keep the system clean and operating efficiently.
Filters that go unchanged (or uncleaned, depending on the type of filter used by your system) will eventually become dirty and clogged and will restrict airflow to the equipment. This will not only make your system run harder and deliver less comfort, but it will consume more fuel. Removing a filter will increase airflow but, if not replaced, will cause your equipment to accumulate dirt and debris, inviting preventable breakdowns and premature failure. When you consider the cost of replacing equipment and energy bills related to maintaining indoor comfort, time spent checking or replacing/cleaning your filter is a relatively small investment with a very good return.
If you or others suffer from allergies or if you find excessive dust accumulation, paying regular attention to your filter is a good starting point in looking for relief. You may also want to consider a higher quality filter.
Cheap disposable filters are better than nothing, but are not very effective at filtering out smaller particles if you are seeking improved air quality. Higher quality filters (MERV) are more effective at filtering dust, allergens and other particulates out of your indoor air. The higher the rating, the more stringent the filter, but be aware that not all systems have a powerful enough blower to support denser filters. If you are interested in improving your filter quality, check your system literature or contact Tempco Heating and Air Conditioning to determine which type(s) will work with your system.
Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic air filter. These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment. The average air filter is only capable of removing 3 to 5% of the particles that pass through it. Today, however, there are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. These are some of the pollutants that can be removed with better HVAC filtration systems:
In addition to filtering particles indoor air quality can be improved by controlling humidity in the home, killing bacteria with in-duct purification systems and plasma generators, ventilation products such as bath fans and whole house fans and bringing pre-conditioned fresh air into the home with an Energy Recovery Ventilation system (ERV/HRV).
Call Tempco today to discuss you concerns and questions about indoor air quality and have use design a fresh air solution for you and your family.