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Air Filter Replacement Shouldn’t be Optional, and Here’s Why

Many homeowners may encounter a number of air conditioning problems, but they’re unaware that many issues can be caused by an overdue air filter replacement. Air filters should be checked monthly and replaced when dirt begins to form. At a minimum, replace the filter every three months for optimal results. If you don’t, there are three big problems dirty air filters can lead to, negatively effecting your home’s comfort.

  • Poor indoor air quality – If it’s been a long time since you’ve last changed your air filter, chances are it’s making the air in your home unhealthy. Many times, improving indoor air quality can be as simple as replacing the air filter. When particulates begin to build up on the air filter, the A/C has a much harder time filtering out contaminants that can aggravate asthma symptoms and allergy problems. Children and pets are especially vulnerable to poor indoor air quality, so changing the filter should always be a top priority.
  • Damages A/C unit – A clogged air filter will make it much more difficult for your air conditioning unit to effectively move healthy air through your home. This increased workload on the A/C can result in costly repairs or, in severe cases, a complete failure of the unit altogether. Don’t let something as small as an air filter cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars for maintenance or replacement of your air conditioning system.
  • Diminished efficiency – Neglecting to change the air filter will likely result in much higher energy costs as time goes on. This decreased efficiency will only continue to get worse until the problem is fixed or until your air conditioner fails. Air filter replacement will be a big help, but always be sure to purchase an air filter with the highest MERV rating possible for the best results.

To learn more about air filters or other HVAC concerns, get in touch with HVAC Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly service clients throughout Virginia, including the areas of Arlington, Springfield, Reston, Burke, Centreville, Fairfax, Lorton and Ashburn.

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