One of the most important HVAC maintenance services is air filter replacement. This may be a simple task, but it has far-reaching implications for your HVAC system and your indoor air quality. Here are some of the bad things that may happen if you don't replace the filters regularly and they become clogged:
Circulating Contaminated Air in the House
One of the dangers of running an HVAC with dirty or clogged filters is that you will not be breathing clean air in that house. This is because if the filters are clogged, they will not be able to clean the air passing through them. In fact, some of the air may not pass through the filter at all, but rather get blown back into the house. Depending on the air contaminants in your house, this may cause allergic reactions in your household or induce respiratory ailments in members of your household.
Consuming Unnecessarily High Energy
Your HVAC is designed to run until the set temperature is reached. Once that happens, the HVAC turns off active cooling until the temperature deviates from the set one; the cycle continues for as long as the HVAC is switched on. However, if the filters are dirty, the HVAC will run continuously in a bid to force air through the filters and reach the target temperature on the thermostat. This continuous operation will leave you with a higher energy bill than you would have paid if the filters were clean.
Causing Uneven Heating or Cooling In the House
Proper air circulation is the backbone of operation of all HVAC systems. Your house won't be effectively cooled or heated if your HVAC system can't get the conditioned or heated air to the desired places. Unfortunately, this is exactly what you will be dealing with if you don't clean or replace your HVAC filters because they will be blocking airflow.
Causing Frequent Breakdowns of the HVAC System
Lastly, dirty air filters may also cause the HVAC system to break down more frequently than it should. The risk or frequency of damages increases because the HVAC will be running nearly all the time, accelerating its rate of wear and tear. This may leave you with an uncomfortable house; not to mention the money you will be spending on system repairs.
Hopefully, you won't suffer the above consequences since you will be replacing your filters as desired. All isn't lost, however, if you are already feeling the effects of dirty HVAC filters. An AC service technician can easily help you remedy the situation.