Regardless as to whether you’re a new homeowner, or if you’ve owned your residence for years, at some point in the year, you’re going to need to swap out your HVAC air filter.
If this isn’t something you’re comfortable doing on your own, or you’re not quite sure how HVAC air filter replacement works, don’t worry. At Redline Heating we have more than 30 years of experience in helping local homeowners with all of their HVAC repair, replacement and maintenance needs.
Why do I need to replace this thing in the first place?
Have you ever used a window fan? If so, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not immune from collecting dust. When the blades and the vents get dirty, the fan will start to circulate all of that into your home.
The same holds true for an HVAC air filter.
Filters are meant to keep the following things out of the air inside your home:
- Fibers and lint
- Microorganisms and dust spores
- Pollen and pet dander
- Bacteria and mold spores
The bottom line is this: if your air filter is clogged and dirty, it won’t be able to do its job. It’s also worth noting that better quality air filters do a better job than their lower quality counterparts. If you know your needs to be replaced, but you’re not quite sure what you need, call Redline Heating today at 970-663-6575 for a free evaluation.
The skinny on the types of problems that dirty air filters cause
If your air filter isn’t working properly because it’s long past its replacement date, you’re bound to have some issues, which can include but might not be limited to:
- Higher heating/cooling costs, because your HVAC system will need to work harder
- The risk of HVAC malfunction will become much higher
- Increased fire risk
- Reduction in air flow
- Lessened air filtration/reductions in airflow
General replacement guidelines
Now that we’ve covered the reasons you need to replace your air filters, you’re probably wondering how often this type of job needs to be done.
There are a lot of factors that will come into play when it comes to timelines, including how many pets you have and whether you or a member of your family suffers from seasonal allergies and/or asthma.
The best thing you can do is to check your air filters about once a month. If they look dirty, or they look like they’re clogged, you’ll want to replace it.
When you contact Redline Heating you can trust that you’re working with a company that has both the experience and the know how to help you with all of your HVAC maintenance needs. We can help you with spring and/or fall maintenance, and we can help you understand the types of HVAC filters that will best meet your needs.