When you are nesting you want everything to be perfect for your little one. Failing to replace your HVAC filter from time to time could have a negative impact on your indoor air quality. Filters are designed to remove debris like dirt, dust or pollen that may be circulating throughout the vents and ducts of your climate control system. While replacing an old filter is a relatively straightforward task, there may still be a few issues that you will need to consider.
Knowing When to Change Your Filter
Not all equipment and filtration systems are able to provide the same quality and level of performance. The basic filters used in most residential systems may need to be replace far more frequently than more powerful equipment options like a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. It is always a good idea to consult the information provided by your HVAC equipment manufacturer in order to determine how often to replace your filter or how to go about the process.
Inspecting the Filter
A quick visual inspection of the filter can also provide you with valuable insight. Filters that are discolored or that have become overly-saturated with debris or particulate may indicate that a more serious problem with your indoor air quality may be present. Filters that show no sign of wear may be an indication that the installation process was performed improperly or that another problem with your HVAC system and equipment may be effective performance. It may be a good idea to contact professional HVAC installation service providers in order to ensure that your filter is properly selected, inspected and installed.
Choosing the Right Replacement Filter
Using the wrong filter can drastically reduce performance. Filters that do not allow enough airflow could place stain on compressors, fans and other major parts of your HVAC system which may lead to an increased risk of a breakdown. Upgrading to a filter that offers superior performance or downgrading to an equipment option that can be found for reduced cost is not something that should be rushed into. Always double check that you are using a replacement filter that is designed to work with your existing system and equipment.
Addressing Problems with Air Quality
A simple air filter may not always be enough to provide your home with superior indoor air quality. Foul odors that continue to linger, dust that accumulates on furnishings or surfaces as well as issues that may impact those who suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions may indicate the need for an equipment upgrade. HEPA, UV filtration systems and other more advanced equipment options can make a real difference in homes that suffer from poor indoor air quality.