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To keep your home's indoor air comfortable and healthy all year long, it's important to change air filters on a regular basis. If left unattended, your air filter will simply not work properly, allowing VOCs, allergens or other particulates to enter your home. Here are a few primary reasons why changing your air filter is so important.

Save Money on A/C Repair The workload of your air conditioner will increase dramatically as it tries to force air through a clogged filter, lowering your A/C unit's life span or damaging essential components. To avoid repairs or complete replacement of your air conditioner, check your air filter monthly and replace it as soon as dirt appears, or at least every three months. This will not only save you money on maintenance or repairs, but it will also work to lower your utility bills over time. Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality

Neglecting to change air filters will diminish the quality of your indoor air. As your air conditioner attempts to move outside air through an already dirty filter, the air that's being poorly circulated throughout your home won't be very clean. Young ones and your beloved pets are much more vulnerable to poor indoor air than adults. It's important to improve indoor air quality right away before volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or allergens begin to cause health problems for you or your family.

Help the Environment

Perhaps most importantly, in a global sense, changing air filters will work to lower your carbon footprint. Lessening the strain on your air conditioning system is great for saving energy and lowering the amount of pollution created from your A/C. For families who are environmentally conscious, something as seemingly insignificant as an air filter can make a big difference in helping lower your carbon emissions.

If you'd like to learn more about replacing air filters, improving indoor air quality or any aspect of your home's HVAC system, contact the experienced staff at Gilman Heating & Cooling. Our NATE-certified professionals offer 24-hour emergency assistance to homeowners throughout Ashland, Henrico, Hanover, Richmond, Glen Allen and Chesterfield.