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Why Changing Your Western New York Home’s Air Filter is Important

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Changing Your Western New York Home’s Air Filter is Important

How important are air filters to your Hamburg, NY and Erie County home? The answer is very. While homeowners in Western New York have been advised to change their air filters in their homes; many fail to do so regularly. The filter is one of the simplest components of your home heating and cooling system, but it is also the most important. Changing your home’s air filter is important for your home and your health.

Air filters live up to their name. To put it simply, they filter your air. Air filters keep dust and pollen out and are also tasked with keeping larger particles and materials out of your HVAC system, in turn, saving your system from damage. Dirty, unchanged filters are a leading cause of issues with Hamburg, NY and Erie County HVAC systems.

When you change your air filter regularly, it helps remove harmful particles from the air such as pollen, dust, dust mites, mold, bacteria, micro allergens and more. Removing these harmful pollutants has enormous health benefits for you and your family. Changing your air filter regularly helps keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency which will help to lower your energy bills and extend the life of your system.

Here are some reasons why replacing your air filter is important to your Western New York home’s comfort and safety and your HVAC system’s efficiency and longevity:

Your Physical Health and Well-being

Changing your air filter regularly can have a large impact on your health and well-being. An unchanged and dirty or contaminated air filter means that the blower is spreading unclean, airborne particles throughout your Western New York home. These particles include lint, dust, dirt, pollen, and micro allergens that aren’t visible. This means that you and your family will constantly be inhaling unsafe and polluted air.

By not changing your air filter regularly, at least once a month, your indoor air quality can suffer.  Breathing in this air can have a detrimental impact on your health by causing allergies and making asthma and other respiratory problems much worse. The most important thing you can do to improve your indoor air quality is change your air filter regularly.

Filter Inefficiency and Higher Costs

A clogged or dirty filter in your Hamburg, NY and Erie County home affects the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. A grimy filter can impede the air flow of your system. The air filter’s job is to capture all the dust and particles in your home’s air before that air gets to the HVAC system.  When you have a dirty filter, it makes your heating and air conditioning system work harder to move the air through your system. The extra work, will drive up your energy bills, increase your carbon footprint and cause your heating and cooling costs to rise.

Airflow is one of the most important factors that affects the efficiency of your system. When the filter gets dirty, it reduces the airflow to the furnace, forcing the system to work harder to heat or cool. This will wear down your system and increase energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, a dirty air filter can increase energy costs by up to 15%.

Life of Your HVAC System

Changing your home’s air filter regularly will not only improve your indoor air quality and lower your energy bills, it will also extend the life of your HVAC system and prevent expensive repairs. A clogged and dirty filter means that your system must work extra hard to heat and cool your Western New York home. Not only does this lead to inefficiency and greater utility bills, it can also cause your system to overheat and burn out.  The excessive strain placed on the blower and the entire system can lead to the system breaking down completely.

At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC, we have found that a clogged or dirty air filter is one of the main causes of Hamburg, NY and Erie County home’s HVAC system failures. To get the most life out of your system, and to keep it as efficient as possible, it’s imperative that you change the filter regularly. A dirty or clogged filter puts an extra strain on your HVAC system, leading it to fail more quickly.

Understanding how important it is to change your Western New York’s home’s air filter is important to your home’s air quality, your HVAC system’s efficiency and your energy costs, and the lifetime of your system. At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC we recommend changing your air filter at least once a month. There is no exact number of days in which you should change your filter, as each home is different and it depends on the strain you put on your filter, what particles are in the air, and also what type of filter you have.

Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC suggests that Western New York homeowners get their air filter checked by one of our professionals. We can help you understand when an air filter replacement is necessary and provide you with advice for changing your air filter in the future.

Contact us today to ensure your Western New York home’s air filter is clean, efficient, and working to at its best.

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