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Aug 26, 2023 10:30:00 AM by Logan Donahue

The Dangers of Dirty HVAC Filters

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to overlook seemingly minor tasks like cleaning or replacing your air filters. After all, with so many other responsibilities and priorities, it's understandable that this task might slip through the cracks. However, it's crucial to understand impact that dirty air filters can have on your health and overall well-being.
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Dirty Filters Affect Your Health

When air filters become clogged with dust, dirt, and other particles, they lose their ability to effectively filter out harmful pollutants and allergens. This means that these contaminants are free to circulate throughout your home, posing a threat to your respiratory system. Breathing in these particles can trigger allergies, exacerbate asthma symptoms, and even lead to more serious respiratory issues. If you already suffer from conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis, dirty air filters can further worsen your symptoms and make it harder for you to breathe comfortably.

Dirty Filters Ruin Your HVAC System

The consequences of neglecting to clean or replace your air filters extend beyond just your health. Clogged filters can also hinder the efficiency of your HVAC system. When air cannot flow freely through the filters due to blockage, it forces your system to work harder to maintain desired temperatures. This extra strain on your HVAC unit not only increases energy consumption and utility bills but also puts additional stress on the system, leading to premature wear and tear. In the long run, this can result in costly repairs or even the need for a complete system replacement.Signs You Need a New Heating System

Dirty Filters Disrupt IAQ 

Dirty air filters also have a negative impact on the quality of your indoor air. As the filters become overwhelmed with pollutants, they lose their ability to effectively trap airborne particles. This allows dust and other contaminants to settle on surfaces throughout your home, leading to a constant battle against a layer of unwanted grime. Additionally, poor indoor air quality can create an unpleasant and stuffy environment, with lingering odors that can be hard to get rid of. Not only can this affect your comfort, but it can also disrupt your sleep and concentration.

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To maintain a safe and healthy living environment, it's crucial to prioritize the regular cleaning or replacement of your air filters. Experts recommend checking them monthly and cleaning or replacing them every three months, or more frequently if you have pets or allergies. By staying on top of this maintenance task, you can significantly improve the air quality in your home, reduce the risk of respiratory issues, and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Your system's air filters should be replaced or cleaned every 60-90 days. By making the effort to regularly maintain and replace your air filters, you are taking proactive steps towards creating a healthier and cleaner home environment. So, don't overlook this simple yet essential task, knowing that you are prioritizing the well-being of you and your loved ones.
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