Your HVAC system’s air filter helps to ensure it operates efficiently. If you notice the filter is starting to get dirty quicker than usual, take caution. Here are four reasons your HVAC system’s filter is always dirty.
Cheap or Incorrect Filter
An inexpensive filter won’t last as long as a high-quality one. Some air filters will only last 30 days, while other filters can last between 60 and 90 days. A thin filter such as a 1-inch pleated filter also gets dirty very quickly.
You Have Pets
Having furry pets in your home can cause your air filter to get dirty quickly due to fur shedding. If your pet spends a substantial amount of time outside, it can also bring bacteria and contaminants into your home.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
If the air in your home is dirty, dusty, and full of particle pollutants, this will cause your filter to get dirty extremely fast. If your house isn’t the cleanest and has a lot of airborne contaminants, your filter will capture them and require replacement faster than if your home had better air quality. Therefore, it’s vital to clean your home often and maintain healthy indoor air quality with the right solutions.
Leaky Air Ducts
Damaged air ducts that start leaking air will cause your filter to get dirty faster. A tear in your ductwork will lead to dirty air from places like your attic to seep in, and your filter catches the dirt. If this is the case, you will need to hire a professional to fix your air ducts.
There are many things that can cause your filter to get dirty. Identifying the problem can help your filters last longer and keep your family healthy. Contact Ranger Air Conditioning for indoor air quality services as well as HVAC maintenance.