Regardless of whether it is heating or cooling season in the Haverhill area, clogged air filters can cause any number of problems for your heating and AC system. Notice that your in-home air is slightly boggy? Is there a decreased airflow or short cycles of air throughout your home? These are just a few of the signs that your air filter might need to get replaced.

Furnaces usually use a heat exchange method to heat or cool your home’s air. The unit’s fan pulls existing air out of rooms via ducts and toward the heat exchange, where it is heated or cooled, and then is moved back out into the room. The air filters are an essential part of this airflow and when they become clogged or dirty, this decreases the cycle of air in your home.

Here are a few other side effects that might occur when your air filters are not changed regularly based on the weather in the Haverhill area:

  • Frozen coils. Dirty air filters often make your system work harder to heat or cool, increasing the risk of having your cooling coil freeze. When your system is continuously working overtime, complications become more and more likely.
  • Lower energy efficiency. Because the system relies on the constant recirculation of air, energy consumption is a large part of your heating and AC system. The harder your fan works to get air throughout your house, the higher your energy bills will be. Per the Department of Energy, clogged filters can use 15% more energy than a non-clogged air filter.
  • Unhealthy air. Clogged air filters allow dust and debris to be re-filtered back into your home, which can be especially bad for people with allergies or respiratory conditions. Pets or chemicals in the house can also cause these filters to get clogged more often and produce diminished air quality.
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This can occur over months of unreplaced air filters and can mean that your system has worked so hard that parts might need full replacement. These drastic system problems lessen the longevity of the equipment, forcing you to spend more money on repairs or even on an entirely new system.

If you can’t remember exactly the last time you changed your air filter, it may be a good time to call the team at Climate Zone at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment online so you can prevent any potential damage. Our experts can answer questions about where your air filter is, what kind of air filter you will need and more.