There are many variables that can cause stress on your HVAC unit, and given the cost of a new unit, Parthenon Plumbing Heating & Cooling wants you to take as many steps as possible to set your unit up for an extended lifespan.

While things like the age of your unit and weather conditions for your unit can’t be controlled, there is one simple, yet important, thing that you should always schedule time for as a homeowner.

Drumroll please: Change your air filters frequently!

Do You Know The #1 Cause of HVAC System Failure?

Air filters are a crucial, yet under-appreciated, part of the central HVAC system. They filter out pollen, dust, as well as larger objects that otherwise circulate through your home. They also provide the first line of defense against bits of loose insulation that could easily cause damage to your unit or worse, start a fire.

Most importantly, not changing your air filters regularly can lead to clogged air filters which is the number one cause of HVAC system failure.

How Do Air Filters Work?

Your HVAC system regulates all the air that passes through the air filter. As the filter catches the particulates in your home such as – dust, mold and fungal spores, pet dander, fabric fibers, etc. -your air filter becomes clogged. For air to pass through without strain it’s imperative to replace your air filter regularly.

How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?

The easiest way to know if your air filter needs changing is by using the eye test. If it looks dirty, it’s time. Otherwise, Parthenon Plumbing Heating & Cooling recommend checking and changing your filters every month. If you have pets or live in a high pollen area, you may need to consider changing your air filters more frequently. Thankfully, the performing this monthly task is generally easy and inexpensive! Simply slide the old filter out and slide a new one in and the task is complete.

What Air Filter Should I Use for My Home?

Not all air filters are created equally. Some are high in quality but high in cost, while the less expensive options may suffer in quality. And they come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to check the size you need before buying.

But buyer beware: When looking at air filters, special filters (such as HEPA filters or any 3 and 4 inch filters) can restrict the airflow to the unit. Restricting airflow causes strain on the unit because it is not getting the air that it needs to be efficient. Airflow must be considered, which could require up sizing the duct work in your home for the use of these filter options.

If you do not have the appropriate duct work for the HEPA option, Parthenon Plumbing Heating and Cooling recommends the more affordable filter options because they don’t restrict the air flow and are still an effective solution.

Bonus HVAC Protection Tip:

Getting your HVAC a regular tune-up is another great way to ensure the lifespan of your unit, and it’s just as easy as changing your filters. Parthenon offers a one-time tune-up for $99, but as a member of Parthenon Partners, you can receive two tune-ups a year for $120 plus a year-round 10% off on Parthenon Plumbing Heating & Cooling repair services. Learn More Here 

Schedule An Appointment Today

If you are concerned that you may be experiencing issues with your HVAC that can’t be solved by replacing your air filter, contact the pros at Parthenon Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We’ll send a friendly and professional tech to take a look and resolve the problem.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at (615) 298-2995.