Want to Keep Your Home Comfort System Running Smoothly for Years? Learn the Essentials of Filter Maintenance
It is extremely important that washable and/or disposable (i.e. fiberglass) filters are regularly maintained. As when arteries to the heart become restricted and can cause heart problems, running your home comfort system with dirty filters can cause problems for the system.
One of the problems that can occur is that the dirt starts accumulating on the evaporator coil for the air conditioner (i.e. if you visualize what your dryer filter looks like after you dry a load of clothes, that is what the evaporator coils begin looking like). Therefore, we recommend if using a washable or “standard” disposable filter that you wash and/or change the filter once a month. It is recommended that electronic air cleaner cells and pre-filters be washed monthly. For media type filters (i.e. Aprilaire or Honeywell air cleaner), it is recommended these be changed annually as per the manufacturer.
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) – A measurement used to rate furnace efficiencies
Air Conditioner – A device that changes humidity levels/temperature
BTU (British Thermal Unit) – Measures the amount of heat required to raise or lower the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit
EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio)
Furnace – The major component of heating a home
Heat Pump – A device used for either heating or cooling of a space by transferring heat between two reservoirs
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) – This factor rates the efficiency of the heating portion of the heat pump
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) – A rating system developed by the U.S. government to indicate the efficiency level of cooling equipment