You’ve been reminded to change your furnace filters, told to do it each month. You’ve even bought extra filters to change them yourself in between maintenance visits by your technician. Did you change them though? Maybe you don’t have a technician that comes out twice a year to change your filters as part of their maintenance checks. At least you know the filters are changed twice a year. What if you just thought to change your filter for the first time since 2009? We came across this situation last week and as you can see, the filter was very close to being 100% blocked.
So what does this mean for your heating and cooling system? Lots!
- The indoor air quality is signficantly reduced when a filter is dirty. If you have allergies or asthma the effects will be very apparent.
- Energy consumption will rise due to the amount of additional work your system has to do. The fan motor will work overtime and the lifespan of the motor will decrease.
- Airflow is signficantly reduced. You will literally feel the lack of air coming out of your registers with a filter this clogged.
- Reduced airflow may also cause your coil to freeze up when the air conditioning is running which will leave you without cooling!
The bottom line is the overall lifespan of the system is greatly reduced when furnace filters are not changed on a regular basis. Filters should be checked on a monthly basis and if filled with dirt or debris changed immediately. Your lungs will thank you, your family will thank you, and your pocketbook will definitely thank you because you have easily maintained a system that your home revolves around on a daily basis!
If anyone would have told me after the cold winter and wet spring that summer would be a walk in the park, I would have laughed at them. I figured for sure we would pay for the nice spring weather and rain with scorching summer temperatures, high humidity and dew points that would make everyone uncomfortable . . . and give everyone’s air conditioner a thorough workout. Here we are on the verge of August and I can count on one hand the number of days that it has been absolutely miserable to be outside. I can’t remember another summer like it. Who knows, maybe August and September will be the unbearable summer months . . . or will we just jump straight into an early fall? Only time will tell.
Even though it’s been unseasonably cool this summer, it’s still no excuse to take the summer off from maintaining your air conditioner. Cotton seemed to flow from trees for several months this year and we are seeing many air conditioner condensers plugged with cotton. This blockage takes away the ability for the condenser to suck in air and function properly. If not addressed it will put additional strain on a number of parts and can even lead to the premature death of a unit. Spraying an air conditioner from the outside will only pack the debris in. The best way to clean it is from the inside out. This requires some disassembly of the air conditioner and definitely means turning off the power supply to the unit. Having a professional handle it will ensure safety and will also allow a thorough inspection of the equipment to ensure optimal performance for the rest of the summer and potentially eliminate costly repairs down the road.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, whatever it may bring!