How Does a Dirty Filter Affect The Performance of Your Furnace

Are you aware of the things that can go wrong when you have a dirty furnace filter? If you are not giving this crucial component enough attention, you are probably prone to any of these issues mentioned below.

  • Increased Energy Consumption

The blower fan is responsible for drawing as much air as possible throughout your home. Its performance, however, is greatly affected if the filter is clogged with dirt. The dirtier the filter, the harder the fan works, thus giving you a skyrocketing energy bill. The same thing happens with your air handler. It also needs to work longer to provide your home with the needed air, which results in more energy consumption in the process.

  • Reduced Air Flow

Many homeowners would call Maddox Residential and Commercial Services for an immediate appointment because there is little to no heat in their home. While there are other causes of this issue, the most common is a dirty furnace filter (which is also the most ignored reason). The dirt, dust, and particles trapped in the filters are preventing the proper airflow, that’s why you feel an insufficient supply of heating inside.

  • Frozen Evaporator Coils

The evaporator coil needs a sufficient amount of airflow to dissipate the condensation. Clogged filters, however, hinder the proper airflow, leaving an insufficient supply to disperse the condensation in the evaporator coil. As a result, the coils freeze up and the A/C part of your HVAC system breaks down eventually.

  • Short Cycling

A dirty furnace filter can also cause your unit to turn on and off frequently which is also known as short-cycling. This can have a long-term effect on your unit, starting from overheating to complete system failure.

  • Unhealthy Indoor Air

Healthy indoor air is as important as maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home. This, however, is compromised with a clogged furnace filter. A dirty filter allows your furnace to blow in polluted and contaminated air which can affect your comfort and well-being. If you are an allergy-sufferer, a dirty filter is the last thing that you would want to have in your home.

Changing a dirty furnace filter is an easy task which you can perform yourself. However, if you doubt your expertise or if it is your first time to do the job, it is always better to seek professional help. Do not worry, our well-trained technicians at Maddox Residential and Commercial Services can show you how. Schedule an appointment with us today!


The Surprising Effects of Dry Indoor Air

Aside from the temperature and air quality, the relative humidity level can also affect your comfort and well-being inside your home. When you speak of humidity in the fall and winter seasons, the first thing that comes to your mind is the dry air that causes great discomfort and health risks to you and your family.

The cold weather can cause humidity levels to drop below the normal point, resulting in a progressively dry indoor air. Do you know what it brings to your health and comfort? Read on and find out.

  • Increases the Chances of Illnesses

The membrane that lines the nose and throat needs a sufficient amount of moisture to trap bacteria and viruses and prevent them from moving through your lungs. But with dry air in your home, this part loses moisture, thus allowing harmful microorganisms to invade your respiratory tract. Additionally, dry air is a perfect breeding ground for disease-carrying microorganisms. It even allows viruses and bacteria to float freely in your home, which can increase the risk of illnesses.

  • Irritates Nasal Passages

Low humidity can deprive the inside lining of your nose of needed moisture. As a result, your respiratory tract becomes dry and irritated which leads to coughing, wheezing and sometimes cases of nose bleeding.

  • Aggravates Skin Problems

Your skin is made up of 60% water which evaporates hastily under too low humidity levels. Your skin will lose moisture and start cracking, itching or flaking if the air inside your home is too dry. If you are experiencing skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and chapped lips, dry air can worsen your suffering from these problems.

  • Structural Damage

Aside from your health, the structural components of your home can also be affected by dry air. Since it zaps the moisture from everything, wooden part of the structural components of your home such as the wooden windows, hardwood floors and the wooden door began to shrink and lose their forms. As a result, your home can be prone to gaps and air leakages.

  • Static Electricity

Too dry indoor air can lead to static electricity which gets you to experience electrical shock each time you touch metals or when fabrics in your home are close-fitting to one another.

Be extra cautious about your indoor humidity now that the fall season has finally stepped in. If you do not want to experience any of the cases mentioned above during the long cold months, we recommend you install a whole-home humidifier to keep the right humidity level at all times. With that, our professionals at Maddox Residential and Commercial Services can help. Give us a call now!