Summers in Sarasota, Florida, are for fun, not worrying about illness or excess money being wasted on utility bills. Unfortunately, both of these issues are caused by a single culprit: dirty air filters in your HVAC system. A dirty air filter drastically reduces the efficiency of your air conditioner while simultaneously turning your air into a health hazard. Here are the two major problems caused by dirty air filters and how they affect both your utility costs and comfort.
Air Conditioner Efficiency
Air filters operate as part of your air conditioning system. Without proper maintenance, they become clogged and dirty. Just like a clog in your pipes keeps more water from reaching you, a clog in an HVAC system keeps some air from reaching your living space. This forces the HVAC system to compensate in order to make up for the lost comfort, thus reducing efficiency and raising utility costs.
Indoor Air Quality
The purpose of an air filter is to catch unwanted airborne irritants before they can reach your living space. But when an air filter becomes clogged, it is significantly less effective at catching these allergens. This causes your home to collect more dust and dirt, which only exacerbates the IAQ and efficiency issues, not to mention the discomfort and illness that could befall you and your family.
Both of these issues can be quickly fixed by two words that also apply to the rest of your HVAC system: preventive maintenance. You can conduct certain maintenance on your own, such as changing the air filter once a month, but other more advanced maintenance should be completed by a licensed professional. Such maintenance will raise the overall efficiency of your system as well as the air quality in your home.
Don’t let a dirty filter put a damper on your summer. With some simple maintenance, you will be on your way to breathing easier, thanks to cleaner air and a lower utility bill. To schedule HVAC maintenance, give Aqua Plumbing and Air Quality Service a call at (941) 306-3715.
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