The HVAC system in your Asheville, North Carolina, home is responsible for maintaining a comfortable indoor atmosphere. It also helps improve the quality of the air you breathe and keeps humidity levels under control. The system requires some regular maintenance and care to continue operating at peak efficiency. That includes regular filter changes. Read on to learn the importance of your HVAC air filter.

The Role of an Air Filter

An HVAC air filter stops particles from entering the air handler and duct system. If the filter clogs, it won’t be able to keep these contaminants from moving through the air you breathe. As a result, it can increase allergic symptoms and respiratory problems. Some of the most common symptoms associated with dirty indoor air include congestion, headaches, sore throats, eye irritation, skin rashes and coughing.

Additionally, these particles in your HVAC system can settle in the ducts, making it harder for the unit to move heated and cooled air throughout your home. As a result, you may notice an increase in your monthly energy bills. A poorly maintained HVAC system is more likely to break down, resulting in expensive repairs or even early system failure.

Changing Your Air Filter

Most manufacturers recommend changing your HVAC filter at least once every 90 days. If anyone in your home suffers from asthma, allergies or other respiratory health conditions, upgrade to a filter with a higher MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating. A higher rating on an air filter means it can trap smaller airborne particles and help keep your air cleaner and healthier.

Benefits of Regular Filter Changes

It’s clear that an air filter serves an important role within your heating and cooling system. Changing it regularly can:

  • Extend the lifespan of your unit
  • Ensure you’re breathing cleaner indoor air
  • Improve the overall efficiency of the system

Do you have questions about your HVAC air filter? Contact Gentry Heating, Inc. at 828-581-4045 for expert advice.

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