Air filters seem like a minor maintenance issue in your home's upkeep. Air filters are oil in a car. If you keep ignoring the need to replace it, eventually it will turn thick and gooey. The goo will start clogging up the car's systems, reduce performance and result in repairs. Not replacing air filters at the recommended interval can result in a similar progression and it affects the very air your family breathes while in the one place they should always feel safe.
1. Clean Air Is Better For Your Health
Anything that processes air has an air filter, including your air conditioner, furnace and air cleaner. The seemingly innocent bits of mesh, fabric and plastic protect the lungs of you and your family. The clean air emitted by a replaced filter reduces the pollen, dust and other particles breathed in by your, your spouse and children while in the house. Air filters past their change-by date do not work as effectively and increases the risk of health issues, particularly in the young and elderly.
2. Cleaning The Air Filter Isn’t The Same As Replacing It.
Rinsing an air filter in water does not improve the quality of air. It just degrades the filter and increases the potential for mold in the air. Much of the mold will stem from new growth on the damp filter. The filtration system pushes the particles into the air and your loved ones breathe in the mold particles. Replacing the filter rather than washing the filter eliminates this risk.
3. Filter No Longer Prevents Allergies
An air filter past its prime also stops preventing the toxins and allergens from reaching the air. This makes staying indoors miserable as common house hold allergens are no longer filtered. Those that suffer from allergies have to deal with an increase in sneezing, itchy ears, coughing and watery eyes. This can all be prevented by replacing the air filters when recommended by the manufacturer
4. Dirty air filters Increases Energy Costs
When you don't change the air filter, it becomes laden with dust and clogged with allergens. Then, the heating/cooling or filtration system has to work twice as hard to do its job. This extra effort costs you money that you pay to your energy provider. You could replace the air filter at a fraction of the cost, particularly if you want for long periods of time between.
5. Dirty Air Filters Can Cause Other Heating/cooling And Electrical System To Malfunction
Not only do you end up may more in energy bills, the systems that rely on the filter may malfunction, need repairs or complete replacement. The strain on the system may cause issues immediately or in the future.
Although filters seem to be little more than mesh, fabric and plastic, replacing your air filters regularly protect you and your family's health, decreases utilities expenses and reduces the risk of a heating/cooling or electric malfunction. That's how important replacing air filters to your family, pocketbook and home. How often do you change your air filters--before, on, or after the recommended interval?