The air filter in the HVAC system that heats and cools your Poinciana, Florida, home is critical to the overall operation and efficiency. When the filter is clogged and dirty, it can’t keep contaminants out of the system as well, resulting in dirty ducts. Keep an eye out for warning signs that it’s time to swap out your air filter.

Dirt and Dust in the House

One of the first warning signs of a clogged HVAC filter is an increased amount of dirt and dust in your house. It’s especially worrisome if the vents and registers have dust accumulating in between the slats, which may be a sign that the dirt is coming through the ducts. Change the filter as soon as possible to keep clean air flowing and reduce contaminants. You can also use a vacuum fitted with a soft brush attachment to clean the dust and debris from the vents and registers.

Allergic Symptoms

If people in your home suffer from allergies, they’ll often notice an increase in symptoms when it’s time to change the filter. Your HVAC system should be able to keep many of the allergens and contaminants out of the air, but when the filter is overloaded with stuff, those particles move through and settle in the ducts. Anytime the heating or cooling system is running, the air quality may be worse, causing your family to suffer from headaches, sore throats, congestion, and other symptoms.

When you’re choosing a filter for your unit, make sure to check the size for a proper fit. You can also opt for a filter with a higher MERV rating, which can filter smaller particles out of the air, but don’t exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific system.

Signs of Wear

Although your filter isn’t visible from the outside of your system, you should be able to get to it by removing the panel that holds it in place. Check it every month or so and look for signs of damage or wear. Make sure to replace it anytime you notice these signs.

If you need help with your HVAC air filter, contact our technicians at Frank’s Air Conditioning Inc. by calling 407-278-1981.

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