There are many excellent reasons to change air filters regularly in your heating and cooling system (which can be monthly in seasons of heavy use) or whenever they appear dirty. Perhaps most importantly, the indoor air quality in your Northeast Ohio home depends upon it.
Most years in Northeast Ohio, you're likely to use your heating system for about six months of the year, from late October to early April, and you'll need your air conditioner for most of the summer. Your HVAC contractor will change the air filter for you on his regular maintenance visits, but in between it's up to you. Luckily the job takes only a couple of minutes and pays you back for the time and cost in many ways.
A clean filter:
- Saves you money on utility bills. When the system, especially the fan motor, works harder to push air through a clogged filter, it uses (wastes) more energy. One of the simplest, fastest ways to increase energy efficiency is to change air filters regularly.
- Extends the life of your home comfort system, enabling it to provide proper air flow throughout your home. Air filters clogged with dirt are a common reason for heating and air conditioning system failures. As restricted air flow puts extra stress on the fan motor, it can burn out, which in turn makes the entire system overheat and break down.
- Keeps your ducts clean. Dirty filters cause your heating and cooling equipment and ductwork to accumulate dirt. This may leave you open to costly duct-cleaning expenses or cause you to replace equipment years earlier than necessary.
- Contributes to a cleaner environment by decreasing your carbon footprint.
- Improves your indoor air quality and your family's health. Poor air quality may cause flare-ups of allergies or lung ailments. Even issues like fatigue and inability to concentrate have been linked to poor air quality.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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