Regularly inspecting and changing your HVAC’s air filter is one of the most significant parts of HVAC maintenance that prolongs the lifespan of your HVAC system and keeps it running smoothly and efficiently. It’s also necessary for preventing dust, dirt, bacteria, allergens, and other contaminants from circulating throughout your home, ensuring the best possible indoor air quality for a healthy and comfortable living environment. Continue reading to identify four signs indicating that it’s time to change your HVAC’s air filter.
Dirty Air Filter
One of the most obvious signs indicating that you need a new air filter is if your current one is dirty. A dirty air filter is typically filled with dirt, dust, and other debris, so it’s easy to notice. Setting a reminder to inspect your air filter at least once a month and change it every three months can help ensure your air filter is being inspected and changed regularly. This helps avoid a dirty filter impacting your home’s HVAC system and indoor air quality.
Dirty Air Vents
When you have a clogged or dirty air filter, dirt, dust, and other contaminants can be released into the system and get expelled through your air vents, causing dirt, dust, and other debris to accumulate around your air vents. So, if you notice that your HVAC’s air vents are dirty, this is a sign indicating it’s time to change your air filter.
Increased Utility Bills
Another sign indicating that it’s time to change your air filter is an increase in your monthly utility bill. Typically, when your air filter is dirty or clogged, your HVAC has to work harder to regulate your home’s temperature, so it consumes more energy, resulting in a higher energy bill. If you’re noticing an unexplained increase in your monthly energy bill, it may be time to check your air filter and see if it needs to be changed.
Strange, burnt, or musty odors circulating throughout your home can be directly linked to your HVAC system. Strange odors emitting from your HVAC are typically a result of poor or reduced air quality, which is a common sign indicating that your air filter is dirty and needs to be changed.
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