With your busy life, it’s easy to forget that your appliances need regular maintenance. Even if you remember, you might delay maintenance, thinking that your HVAC system doesn’t need it if there’s nothing wrong. Below are four reasons why filter maintenance is so important for your Stuart, FL, home.

When You Should Change Your Air Filter

Since Stuart, FL, has a cooling season all year round, it’s best to change or clean your air filters every month or every two months. If you have pets or constantly use your HVAC system, then the filter needs to be changed or cleaned more frequently. The lack of filter maintenance leads to the problems listed below.

Decreased HVAC Efficiency

Dirty or clogged air filters make your system work harder to produce the same amount of cooling. This leads your system to consume more energy, which raises your energy bills.

Decreased Indoor Air Quality

A dirty air filter builds up dirt, dust and other particulates and causes them to build up in your system and eventually find their way into the air of your home. These particulates decrease your indoor air quality, leading to increased colds, allergies and asthma triggers.

Increased Condensation

Dirty air filters can lead to other issues with your HVAC system, such as clogged condensate drains. Condensation buildup in the home leads to wood rot, stains on the walls and ceilings and provides an environment for spores and bacteria to thrive and grow. Clogged condensate drains can also lead to your system overheating and shutting down.

Lowered HVAC Lifespan

Proper HVAC maintenance, including filter maintenance, is crucial for the longevity of your system. Without proper maintenance, your HVAC system will need frequent repairs to keep it working. Lack of maintenance shortens the system’s lifespan if the air filter and other components don’t receive proper maintenance.

Don’t let a dirty or clogged air filter leave you in a lurch this winter. Contact Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning today to ask about our AC maintenance plans for your Stuart, FL, home.

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