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When Did You Last Replace Your Filter?


We know there have been a lot of changes around the world lately. One thing hasn’t changed however and that is the need to change out your HVAC system’s air filter. While seemingly a small part of the home comfort process, this part can actually cause some serious trouble if it isn’t seen to properly.

If you aren’t sure where your filter is or what exactly you are supposed to do with it, we are happy to answer those questions. We are also happy to offer you maintenance services in Egg Harbor Township that will address your filter and a variety of other concerns to ensure you can keep your home comfortable.

What Your Filter Does

Contrary to what some people think, this filter isn’t meant to improve your indoor air quality (though it does help with it a little). Instead, your filter, which can be found in your return air duct for your air conditioner or heater, is meant to protect your HVAC system from dust. This filter captures dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris to keep them out of the internal workings of your HVAC system.

Why and When It Should Be Changed

As we just explained, your filter is going to be working to capture a variety of airborne particles to keep them out of your AC system or your heating system. Over time, all that debris adds up and can clog your air filter, hindering the flow of air into your system. This is why we suggest changing your filter every one to three months.

The Impact of a Clogged Filter

Maybe you don’t believe that changing out your filter is necessary every few months. We want to emphasize that it really is because the alternative is going to be any of these negative results:

  • Reduced airflow: A reduction of airflow into your AC or your heater means less comfort for your home, higher energy bills, and more stress on the system you are using.
  • Dirty internal parts: Dirt can definitely hurt when too much of it gets into your HVAC system. A dirty filter can start letting excess debris into your heating or cooling system which will mess with the process of adjusting your home temperature.
  • Additional repairs: Too much dirt in your heater or air conditioner will eventually start to compound into additional issues such as an icy evaporator coil. Compound problems like this can create the need for additional, more expensive repairs.

Our Maintenance Plan Makes It Easy

Now that you understand the “why” and “when” of changing your air filter, you may be wondering about the “how.” Many people often aren’t sure where their air filter is or they aren’t comfortable changing it themselves, and that is perfectly okay. This is why filter changes are a regular part of our maintenance services.

When you need assistance changing your filter or your HVAC system simply requires its yearly maintenance tune-up, you can turn to us. We will make sure that your HVAC system is ready to handle whatever our climate throws at us.

Your comfort is our business. Contact Elliott-McElwee, Inc. to learn more or to schedule a maintenance check today.

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