One of the chores we tend to neglect most as homeowners is changing the filter for our HVAC systems. It’s easy to lose track of, and we tend not to think about the HVAC system as long as it’s working well. But changing your air filter regularly is crucial to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly.
Too much buildup on your air filter can cause everything from an overheated house to a broken AC unit. Below are some warning signs that it may be time for an HVAC filter change.
Higher Energy Bills
It’s normal for energy bills to fluctuate some with month-to-month usage, but if you notice your energy bills getting consistently higher, it may be time for a filter change. Your air filter helps to prevent dust and allergens from entering the house. In order for this system to work, all the air that comes out of your HVAC system must go through this filter.
Over time, the filter clogs up with the dirt it’s pulling from the air, and it gets harder to move air through the filter. This means your HVAC system will have to work harder to pull enough air through, and you’ll start seeing higher energy bills.
Less Efficient Cooling
Because the HVAC system is having a harder time pulling air through your filter, you may also notice temperatures in your house rising. The fan can’t blow as hard, so you get a weaker airflow. It takes longer to blow enough cold air into your house, and it may never get to the temperature you set.
There are a lot of things that can cause an HVAC system to stop cooling, but a clogged air filter is the first thing to check. If you notice your house is staying warmer, don’t procrastinate on changing the filter. If you delay too long, you may wind up freezing your AC system and paying for a new compressor.
One of the signs that your HVAC filter may be starting to wear out is that your home is dustier. When your filter is in good condition, it will help trap dust before it gets blown into your house through the vents. But as it starts getting more clogged, some of that dust will make its way through the filter and into your home.
Learn When It’s Time for an HVAC Filter Change
Keeping your HVAC filters in good shape is one of your most important responsibilities as a homeowner. Neglecting your HVAC filter change can lead to a hot house, a higher energy bill, and a broken AC unit. Aim to change your filter about once a month, and you shouldn’t have problems.
If your HVAC system needs attention, get in touch with us at Bauer Mechanical Services. We provide air conditioner and furnace repair, as well as HVAC system replacement. Learn more about our air conditioner repair services today.