Filtration is a critical element in your central HVAC system. Originally designed to keep large pieces of dirt and debris from contaminating the equipment, filters have evolved to address the growing problem of indoor air quality. Advanced filters have the capacity to capture particles down to one micron, which is smaller than the diameter of a red blood cell. Changing the air filters in your Raleigh, NC home often has many benefits.
Benefits of Changing Your Air Filter Often
Most contractors recommend installing a filter with a minimum rating of MERV 7
, but it’s important to verify your system has sufficient capacity to accommodate a high-efficiency filter. No matter what style you choose, there are many reasons changing your filter on a regular basis should be a priority.
- Lower Utility Costs – As the filter loads up with dirt and other debris, airflow is restricted. Since the quantity of conditioned air that enters each room is diminished, the unit must run longer cycles to satisfy the thermostat call. This translates into higher fuel and power costs.
- Better Indoor Air Quality – Your central filter is the first line of defense against harmful airborne toxins and pollutants that accumulate in your home. Advanced electronic, HEPA and media filters are very effective at removing pollen, mold, pet dander, smoke, dirt and other common contaminants.
- Extended Equipment Life – Heating and cooling professionals know that most equipment problems result from clogged or restricted filters. Loaded filters allow dirt and dust to pass through the system where it collects on motors, coils and the ductwork itself. The system must work longer and harder to compensate, which can cause the equipment to break down and diminish its service life.
Your Air Filter Experts
If you have trouble remembering to change your filter, consider signing up for one of our seasonal maintenance plans. Carolina Comfort is the only source you need for complete HVAC installation, repair and maintenance services. Call us today for more information!