The air filters in your air conditioning system or ductless heat pump heads play an important part in their overall function. Unfortunately, because those filters are not always easily seen, our technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling often find that people forget about cleaning or changing them. So, this summer, add this simple home maintenance to-do to your list!

What do air filters do?
Debris, dust, pet dander, and other particles circulate through the air and try to make their way to your duct work. Your air filters help trap that, so it doesn’t get into the internal portion of the machine and damage it. In other words, the filters are a layer of protection.

Why should you clean or change filters regularly?
First, clogged filters restrict airflow and cause the machine to work harder. This puts strain on the system and uses excess energy. That will increase your utility bill and cost you more money every year. Not to mention, clogged filters could even cause short cycling which puts extra – and unnecessary – wear and tear on the machine.

That wear and tear could cost you, too. If you take care of the system with regular tune ups and air filter maintenance, most HVAC systems, heat pumps, or air conditioners should last 10 to 15 years. But, if you neglect those important to-dos, it could break down in less than 10 years. This is an easily avoidable mistake! Air filter changes or cleaning is one of the easiest tasks – and it’s inexpensive. We recommend cleaning or changing your filters bi-monthly.

Clean filters also translate into cleaner air. If the filters are dirty and full of dust or debris, that doesn’t allow for clean air to be pumped through the ducts and into your home or business.

So, take some time this week to check the filters in your home. You’ll be doing yourself a favor in the long run. You’ll save money on utility bills and reducing the chance of an unexpected breakdown or mechanical issue with your machine.

We are happy to answer questions about your system and if you require maintenance or repairs, we can help with that, too! Call our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling today!