How Does a Dirty Filter Affect The Performance of Your Furnace

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!