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Do Dirty Air Filters Impact Your HVAC System?

You and your HVAC air filters.

Yes! Dirty and clogged air filters waste money on energy costs and cause damage to your HVAC system.

#1 reason for HVAC system failure? Dirty air filters.

#1 reason for dirty air filters? YOU!

Despite our best intentions, calendar reminders, or strings we tie to our finger, we generally forget to change the filters.

What’s the Big Deal with a Dirty Air Filter?
  • A dirty filter restricts air flow into your HVAC system’s air handler. Restricted air flow = additional strain on the air handler fan motor which, over time, burns out the motor and causes your system to overheat and fail.
  • TYPICAL air filter that we see EVERY DAY.
  • A dirty air filter makes your fan motor work harder and consume more energy.
  • A dirty air filter makes your HVAC systems and ductwork get dirty faster, which can lead to costly HVAC cleaning expenses or a need to replace your HVAC unit or HVAC components sooner than expected.
  • If heating and cooling coils are caked with dirt and particles that normally would be trapped by an air filter, the system works harder and is more prone to freezing over or burning out.
Oooh, the Pain
What’s worse than a dirty filter? NO FILTER! This also is TYPICAL.

HVAC repairs START at $600. An exhaustive repair can easily be $7,000. A new system, if the damage is irreparable, starts at around $10,000.

Air filters are a sliver of the cost compared to repairing or replacing your home’s heating and cooling system. Your air filters are vital parts of your HVAC system.

Regular filter replacement is a small price to pay to extend the life of one of the biggest financial investments in your home.

Please, for the sake of your HVAC system and your wallet – change your filters QUARTERLY.