HVAC Air Filter - Katy AC Repair

By Brenda Ashaka
Alpha 4 Real AC Repair & Heating Service

Most Texas homeowners don’t usually consider their air conditioning filters an important component of their home’s AC system but it is and it is time you pay attention to it.

HVAC filters do the very important job of ensuring that the air you and your family breathe at home is clean and not filled with allergens and other air borne contaminants that can be harmful to your family. They also help your air conditioner function efficiently.

But how do you know when it is time to change your HVAC filter? Simple. When was the last time you changed it? Has it been three months or more? If so, it is time to replace it.

Other symptoms of dirty HVAC filters include fatigue, sneezing fits, red eyes, dizziness, Irritated nostrils, Itchy throat, sinus or chest congestion , asthma attacks and shortness of breath

Also, if you or your family members find yourselves sneezing, coughing or making wheezing sounds when going up the stairway, it is time for a new air filter.

At Alpha 4 Real AC Repair and Heating Service, our technicians have over 50 years’ experience installing, repairing and servicing HVAC systems. We are particularly adept at indoor air quality issues so we have the expertise to help you manage the quality of the air in your home.

Why Should I Change My HVAC Filter Regularly?

As we said earlier, failing to regularly change your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) filter can lead to various issues that can impact both the efficiency of your HVAC system and the quality of indoor air in your home.

Neglecting to change your filter regularly can have dire consequences. Here are some consequences of not changing your HVAC filter regularly.

Reduced HVAC Efficiency

A clogged or dirty filter restricts the airflow in your home. This forces your HVAC system to work harder to maintain the desired temperature throughout the house. This increased workload can lead to higher energy consumption. It also increases your monthly utility bill which is not ideal.

Decreased Lifespan of Equipment

As your system work harder than it should, its lifespan is reduced forcing you to have to replace it earlier than anticipated. Who wants to spend money they don’t need to? The strain on the HVAC system caused by a dirty filter can contribute to wear and tear on the components. Over time, this may lead to more frequent breakdowns resulting in unnecessary expenses and a shortened overall lifespan of the equipment.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

The primary function of the filter is to trap dust, pollen, mold spores, and other airborne particles. This prevents them from getting into your air conditioning and heating system and possibly having you and your family breathing it into your lungs. When the filter is clogged, it becomes less effective, allowing these contaminants to circulate through your home, potentially leading to respiratory issues, allergies and other health issues.

Frozen Evaporator Coils

Restricted airflow can cause your HVAC’s evaporator coils to become too cold, leading to the formation of ice. This can impair the system’s ability to cool the air effectively and may result in costly repairs. When you have a bad evaporator coil, your system cannot function optimally. Replacing your evaporator coil can be expensive depending on your setup but you can prevent this by simply changing your HVAC filter regularly.

Inconsistent Temperature Throughout Your Home

A dirty filter can cause uneven heating or cooling throughout your home as the system struggles to distribute air evenly. Look at it this way, your system needs a clean air filter to breathe and if it is dirty, your system will struggle to work as it should.

To avoid these issues, check and replace your HVAC filter regularly, typically every 1-3 months, depending on factors such as the type of filter, the level of household dust, and the presence of pets. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system ensures optimal performance, energy efficiency, and a healthier indoor environment.

Need HVAC maintenance? Call Alpha 4 Real AC Repair and Heating Service technicians at 281-347-7325 or complete this short AC repair request form. We answer all calls 24 hours and we offer 24/7 AC repair.