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Homeowner Maintenance: Replace HVAC Filters

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Of course, responsible home ownership involves regular maintenance.There are also tasks that, if delayed, can lead to inefficient and overworked household systems, leading to problems and costs.One task was to replace the filters in the hvac system in the home.The difference between optimum comfort and avoidable maintenance.

 

What could go wrong

 

Most homes have some kind of stove or heat pump, and many of them (especially newer ones) have heating, ventilation, and/or hvac systems.Each USES a certain type of air filter or mesh to prevent larger air particles (up to 40 microns) from entering the system and blocking sensitive machinery.A system with a dirty filter may be affected by a drop in pressure, which may result in a decrease in air flow, or "blowout," which results in no air infiltration at all.Any of these conditions can cause the system to work harder to keep the home warm or cool (depending on the season and the environment).Any mechanical component that has to be worked harder to operate efficiently puts excessive pressure on the entire system, which can lead to premature failure and lead to repair or replacement.

 

In addition, a dirty filter exposed to condensation can become moist, which can cause mold to grow and spread throughout the home through the HVAC system.This can lead to serious health consequences, not to mention damaged equipment that may need to be repaired and replaced, depending on the severity of the humidity problem.

 

Types of filters

 

Most hvac and furnace filters are disposable, made from biodegradable paper or similar media and shaped like cells, screens or fins, designed to capture as much debris as possible from the air.

Filters can usually be purchased economically in multiple packages, and there are many types that will be suitable for different models of furnace/hvac units.It's important to use the right filters for your organization;Using the wrong filter for the wrong unit can cause the same problem as using a dirty filter.Your HVAC installer can show you where the filters are and how to remove old filters and install new ones.Your device can also have a label with instructions for changing the filter.


How Often?

 

Your hvac or furnace technician should serve your unit once a year.Since the furnace/hvac unit contains moving parts, it is important that the belts are not cracked and dried, that the ventilation ductwork is not cracked, cracked or rusted, and that the parts, such as coils and fans, are unblocked and sufficiently lubricated to operate unimpeded.Such assessments are best left to professionals unless the homeowner is properly trained.

 

Homeowners should change their filters at least once every three months, but probably more often.If it is a year-round use of hvac equipment, the filter should be replaced.

 

Check your filter's condition and change it once a month if:

 

You can run the business six months a year to the end of the year.

You have pets.

Pet dander can travel through the air and circulate through the home's ventilation system like typical household dust.

You have a big family.

More activity means more household dust, dirt and debris.

You smoke indoors.

You or a family member has allergies or respiratory problems.

You live in a particularly windy area or have experienced high winds for a long time, especially if there are no shrubs or trees nearby to provide a natural windbreak.

You live in an area prone to or recently experienced wildfires.

Ash in the outdoor air eventually finds its way indoors.

You have a fireplace that you use occasionally.

You live on a working farm or ranch.

Dust and dirt from outdoor work activities and/or large animals can be sucked into the ventilation system of your home, especially through open Windows.

You have a big garden.

Depending on its size and how often you work, turning the soil over, planting, pulling weeds, using herbicides and pesticides, and even watering means soil, chemicals, and condensation can be pulled into your home's ventilation system.

Construction is under way around or near the house.

You may be installing a new roof or swimming pool, or a neighbor is building a house or addition.

Even if these activities are temporary, dust and debris from the workplace near or near the home can be absorbed into the ventilation system of the house, and these increased activities can burden your hvac system.

The filter should be replaced immediately if:


The filter is broken.

Damaged filters with bent fins, folding units, or holes do not work as well as undamaged filters, either inside the package or during installation, especially if it allows the air system to bypass the filter at all times.

The filter is damp.

Filters are affected by moisture intrusion, system condensation and even high indoor humidity, which can quickly become moldy and spread airborne mold spores throughout the home through the ventilation system.

There is evidence of microbial growth or mold on the filter.

Mold spores have entered the home through the hvac system, which is not only harmful to the equipment itself, but also harmful to family health, ranging from respiratory allergies to severe allergic reactions.

The mildew flavour that produces by mildewy hvac filter also makes a person unhappy, may need ability of period of time to eliminate completely from indoor.

If you find that you have a moldy air filter, it is important to investigate the cause further.


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