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What happens if I don't change my air filter?

Published by Parisa Ostovari

The Importance Of Changing Your Air Filter in a Timely Manner


Air FilterThere is a simple and easy task that can save money and improve our health and comfort, changing your AC filter. It only requires a couple of minutes of our time and very little money to accomplish but is very often neglected.

Changing the air filter on the heating and air units of our homes, whether we rent or own the place, is absolutely crucial. Those little filters work very hard, trapping millions of tiny particles of dust, along with allergens, bacteria, and all the things we don't want to breathe into our bodies.

If left in place too long, the filter can get clogged with dirt and debris to the point that there is very little air flow. This causes your unit to work harder, using more electricity. If it continues to have the extra burden of trying to get air through all the gunk in the filter, the unit can be damaged, sometimes beyond the point where it can be repaired. Now that can really get expensive!

Air filters have a rating system called MERV ( minimum efficiency reporting value) which numbers filters from one to sixteen with the number climbing as the cleaning efficiency of the filter increases. Some filters are charged with static electricity which attracts and captures allergens from the air.

Getting the right size filter for your unit is very important. If there are gaps that air can get through, dust and debris will also get through and be sucked into the coils of your heating and air unit. As they become clogged, the efficiency of the unit is affected and eventually may even stop working.

It is recommended that air filters be changed every one to three months. How often yours need changing will depend on several factors. In a home that has no pets and that gets dusted and vacuumed often, the life of the filter will be longer than in a busy household of kids and pets that doesn't always get frequent deep cleanings.

Looking for an air filter installation in the Las Vegas area? Contact Anytime Plumbing, Inc at (702) 362-9300 for quick and reliable services.

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