Whether you’re talking about your car, the water you drink, or your HVAC system, the purpose of a filter is to remove impurities and improve performance, water quality, and air quality, respectively. In fact, when it comes to air conditioning, the filter doesn’t just play a role in air quality, but also prevents costly repairs. In this blog post, we’ll explain exactly how this works.

How Your HVAC System’s Filter Works

We won’t go into too much detail, but in a nutshell, your HVAC system pulls air from inside your home, which then passes over the heat exchanger. Before it gets there, though, the air is filtered to remove particulate matter and other impurities that can damage your expensive equipment.

Just like any other filter, all of this debris will eventually build up to a point where it prevents proper air flow, which can also lead to equipment damage. Specifically, your air handler will work harder and increase strain on your system, and your heat exchanger could overheat and shut down.

The good news is that changing your filter is quite inexpensive and easy to do, so it’s not difficult to prevent this from occurring.

How To Choose Your Next HVAC Filter

Despite what you may have heard, the primary goal of an HVAC filter isn’t to improve indoor air quality. Instead, its main goal is to prevent debris from ruining your investment.

With this in mind, if you purchase a filter that’s too restrictive, it can actually impede air flow and cause similar damage as a clogged filter. On the flip side, purchasing one that allows enough air to flow, but doesn’t catch enough particulate matter, can also cause damage. The ideal filter will fall somewhere in the middle.

Would you like to know which filter is best based on your system, the layout of your home, and your needs? Be sure to get in touch with the professionals at Altman’s Cooling & Heating today at 321-300-1407!