We don’t often think about the air coming into our home, for good reason. The only real reason you should be paying attention to it is if somethings wrong. Dirty air is often a sign that there is something wrong with the filters in a system, usually that there are none to begin with. This is because filters have no off switch, once they are in a system they will work constantly. Air will pass through the tools, becoming clean before going through your air systems. But during this process the filters become dirtier over time. Eventually, they become so dirty that they need to be replaced or you will start seeing a quickly rising energy bill.
How Air Filters Work
The way that air filters work is easy enough to understand. Your air systems pump in air and the filters are set up throughout the system to clean up the incoming flow. The filters themselves are made of a tight mesh weaving that captures airborne particles, while letting the clean air go through. Its quick, simple and results in clean air throughout your home. The filters are also pretty easy to install, coming out of the box ready to go into a system and begin cleaning out incoming airflow. But over time, the particles it captures begin to build up and cover the mesh weaving. This eventually causes problems for the system and your home.
A Rise in Electric Billing
The main issue comes from the struggle that a system has to go through whenever it needs to push airflow through a dirty filter. The mesh weaving is made to allow airflow through, but that becomes harder when it is covered in dirt and other irritants. The blockage can become so bad that air cannot flow naturally through the filter at all. To compensate for this, the air system the filter is in will try and push the airflow forward anyway.
When the filter is moderately dirty, this will only cause a slight inconvenience. But the dirtier it gets, the harder the system works, and the more energy is needed to run it. You can see your energy billing skyrocketing over time if you don’t handle the problem soon. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to replace your old filters since new ones can be used as soon as they arrive at your home. New air filters are just one of the many solutions to lower a home’s electric billing, but they help clear up other problems as well.
With the fresh air blocked from coming into your home, that means that the air inside will not cycle out. This leads to dryness and stagnation, which is not healthy to breathe in. Lack of airflow also means that air cannot come in as much as it cannot flow out. For homes that have resident smokers or pets, this could lead to a dangerous amount of irritants filling up the air inside. Avoid all of these problems by installing new air filters regularly.