The First Line of Defense for Your AC and Furnace in Kansas City
Filters: The First Line of Defense for Your AC and Furnace in Kansas City
Any Kansas or Missouri resident knows, our winters are freezing and our summers can be brutally hot. We’re in the dead of winter in right now, and it’s hard to think about a time when we’ll be anxious to turn on our air conditioning again. However, as much as we’re cranking up the heat in January, we’ll be blasting our AC in mid July, if not sooner. With the constant use of heating and cooling, it’s important that you take care of your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.
There are many different parts and components of your air conditioning and heating system. Out of all the different parts, one of the most important components is on of the smallest- your air filter. The filters you use and your maintenance of them are extremely important to the life and function of your air conditioning and heating system.
Your home heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (or HVAC) system specifies ventilation in its name for a very specific reason. The ventilation plays a prime role in how efficiently the air in your home can be heated and cooled to keep you and your family comfortable. Without the ventilation, your heating and cooling unit wouldn’t be able to disperse comfortably temperate air throughout the entire house.
When the air is being sent through the ventilation system, it needs to be filtered. This is to keep both you and your family, as well as the unit itself, safe. Dirt, dust, hair, and particulates in the air can damage the system and be unhealthy for the people that are breathing the air. This makes the filters one of the most important parts of your HVAC system.
Proper Maintenance of Filters
Taking care of your HVAC system has many different steps and parts to the process. None of them, however, need to be inspected and maintained as often as taking care of your filters.
Your filters need to be changed multiple times per year. The rate at which you change your filters depends a lot on different factors. Here at Cornelius Contracting HVAC, we’ve compiled a list of factors to consider when figuring out the frequency at which you should change your filter.
What type of filters you use. Every filter comes with its own recommendation on how often to replace it.
Whether or not you have pets.
If anyone in the home has bad allergies. The quality of air can affect a person’s allergies immensely.
How many people live in your home.
The air quality inside the home and your preferences.
The air quality outside of the home. For example, do you live near a construction site, is there a factory nearby, or is there otherwise a lot of air pollution?
Depending on these factors, as well as your own preferences, Cornelius Contracting suggests that your air filters should be changed every 1 to 3 months. If you still aren't sure how often to change your air filters, open the vent and look at your filters. If it is dirty, change it.
Reasons to Change Your Filters
In every HVAC system, there are one or more areas in the home by which the air is received into the system. These areas are covered by a large vent, and behind that vent is a filter. If that filter is dirty, it can make it difficult for your HVAC system to circulate the air, making it work harder than it needs to. This can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system, and severely shorten its functional lifespan.
Changing your filters regularly and keeping the system clean helps the HVAC system work more efficiently which saves you money on your monthly energy bill reduces the risk of expensive repairs
When the filters are clean, the air that gets pumped throughout your home is healthier and cleaner, making your air quality and breathing much better.
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