The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is a great thing when you don’t have to worry about how it is working. An air filter is a vital part of your home’s forced air system and most homes have at least two air filters to remove bacteria and harmful particles.
It’s important to know that all of the air in your home passes through a filter. Having clean, quality air filters keep the air in your home fresh while the people inside may even stay healthier. A good quality air filter will capture harmful bacteria typically found in sneezes, coughs, viruses and molds, as well as pollutants like dust and car fumes.
Keeping your air filters clean can also keep your HVAC system healthy. Clean filters can enable the system to run more efficiently, keep repair costs to a minimum, and reduce monthly energy bills. On the other hand, clogged filters make the HVAC unit work harder as it tries to condition the air which can cause an increase in your energy bills. Changing filters at least every 3 months should help keep your air clean and your system running smoothly. There are factors, such as pets in the home and family allergies, when you may want to change filters more often.
Most homes have 2 or 3 returns inside the house and the air filters can be found inside the return vents. These returns might be on the ceiling or wall. Getting the proper size filter is essential as a snug fit inside the vent is required. Typically the filter size is printed on the filter itself and would have three numbers that may look like this: 25 x 20 x 1. If you cannot find the number listed on the filter, simply measure the length, width and the depth of the current filter.
Keeping clean air filters in your home is a great way to stay healthier and save a little bit of money on your heating and cooling bills. If you need help with your air filters, require an HVAC check-up or just have general questions, call us Superior Heating & Air at (702) 324-7597.