Most Asheboro, NC, homeowners are familiar with air filters, but few realize just how powerful and important these replacement parts really are. When our technicians go out on a service or repair call, one of the first things they do is check the air filter. The air filter can affect the performance of the HVAC system and increase your energy bill.

HVAC Performance

A filter that becomes clogged will have a negative effect on the HVAC system due to restricted airflow. This is why it is important to keep filters clean at all times. When the airflow is affected, it is harder for the refrigerant to act on the air that moves over the coils. As a result, your heat pump or air conditioner won’t work properly. Other problems can develop including frost buildup or an overflowing condensate drain pan. Clean filters allow the blower unit to work optimally. Simply changing the filter can make HVAC systems operate efficiently.

Indoor Air Quality

The main function of air filters is to collect pollutants as they pass through the system. Your air filter will effectively trap allergens like dust and pollen that could be harmful to your health. Essentially, filters are responsible for improving the indoor air quality for your household. The efficiency of air filters is indicated by the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). The most efficient filters have a MERV of 16. High Efficiency Particle Arresting (HEPA) filters tend to be more effective in terms of particle collection. Our technicians will help you to select the right filter for your home.

Energy Savings

Some HEPA filters make blowers work harder due to their higher density. In general, all air filters are designed to be energy-efficient as long as they are kept clean and changed regularly. Dirty filters will result in higher electricity bills and poor HVAC performance.

If you would like to get more information about choosing the right air filter or improving HVAC performance, indoor air quality and energy savings, Charlie’s Heating & Cooling has the answers. Call us today at (336) 629-5453 to speak with a member of our knowledgeable team.