by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on December 12, 2014

Air Filter Replacement

 

Heating & CoolingOne of the most ignored maintenance essentials in the average household is oftentimes the air filter. In effect, it is not uncommon for an HVAC technician to receive a call from a homeowner requesting immediate service. Generally repair calls are very common in the heating and cooling seasons. However, the service call could have been avoided if the air filter had been maintained.

Moreover, one of the primary causes of furnace and air conditioner failure is a clogged air filter. For that reason, it is important to keep it serviced for optimum performance. Additionally, knowing the reasons why air filters need to stay clean may encourage better care of your system.

Extending the Life of an HVAC Unit

A clogged air filter will often lower efficiency and compressor life. As well, it may cause problems in the future which can add up to substantial costs. On the other hand, changing the air filter on a regular basis can help extend the life of the HVAC. In addition, keeping it clean can improve performance and lower your utility costs. In comparison, it is a lot more economical to keep an air filter clean than it is have parts replaced or pay for emergency service.

Air Filter Replacement 

One of the most significant functions of an air filter is to remove impurities throughout the home. After a while, the air filter accumulates numerous airborne particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander and other debris. When it is plugged, it is no longer efficient and will spread the pollutants into the air. These airborne particles can be a big health issue for individuals who have chronic respiratory conditions, severe allergy problems or a weak immune system.

Also, a dirty air filter makes the HVAC unit work a lot harder which will invariably increase the amount of energy it uses.

How Often Should an Air Filter be Replaced? 

Air FilterSince there are a wide variety of filter types, the frequency of replacement can vary a great deal. The rate of recurrence also depends on the size of a home and the total air quality. In addition, if there are animals in the home, the air filters will get clogged two times faster than normal. In fact, pet dander and hair can clog up an air filter in a very short time. Additionally, pet dander and hair is said to be a prominent cause of allergens.

Many HVAC specialists recommend that an air filter be changed once a month for top performance and efficiency. This is especially important if a home is located in an area that has a high rate of debris, mold, dust or other contaminants. Likewise, an air filter needs to be changed at least every 6 months to prevent the buildup of allergens.

If you cannot remember the last time your air filter was changed, then it is probably long overdue for a good clean. As well, if you are unsure about whether it needs cleaned, a qualified HVAC expert can help answer any questions.

Does your Vancouver home need urgent air filter replacement? Dial (604) 734-0890 now to contact Lambert Plumbing & Heating’s top notch services. 

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