The Filter Factor: Why Your A/C System Craves Them And How You Benefit

It’s easy to forget to change an air conditioning filter that’s out of sight, out of mind while quietly doing its duty. Until it doesn’t.

At Stout Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that your A/C system’s appetite for new filters never fades, and denying it can have some serious consequences for Rowan County, North Carolina homeowners:

Energy consumption
Dirty air filters make your A/C work extra hard and for a longer period, causing more energy to be consumed. The more energy burned, the higher your utility bills go. Basic filter maintenance will help keep energy usage to a minimum.

Mechanical
A dirty air filter can result in damage to the fan blower motor or the need for more frequent cleanings of the internal parts of your air handler. Dirt and grime that accumulate on critical moving parts can cause them to fail much quicker than normal. This can be very costly and sometimes lead to a total system replacement. At the very least, your equipment’s life expectancy will be significantly reduced.

Health
Forgetting to change your air filter can contribute to an escalation in health problems. Why? Your filter is the primary defense against harmful airborne allergens and contaminants. As it gets dirtier, it become less effective at trapping the contaminants and pollutants that irritate your breathing, triggering sneezing, allergic reactions and asthma. You wind up breathing what your overloaded filter can’t handle any more.

The bottom line is that a neglected filter can build up so much dirt that it reduces air flow to the A/C system causing a host of problems. Besides the health risks and money wasted in energy inefficiency day after day, a worst-case scenario could result in hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repairs for a unit that breaks down.

Stout Heating and Air Conditioning’s recommendation to Rowan County, North Carolina homeowners is to replace filters every month in the summer, every other month in the cool weather months.

After all, a quality air filter changed on a regular schedule is a small investment to protect your family’s health and enhance home comfort system performance.

Make it a habit and enjoy a fresh flow of clean air and savings!

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