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What You Can’t See Can Be Harmful

Posted on March 3, 2016


Your cooling and heating system’s air filter is a small cog in the home comfort machine, but keeping it cleaned and replaced when needed is very important. Unfortunately, plenty of homeowners do not know how to properly change an air filter or just don’t do it. That’s why General Air Conditioning and Plumbing wants to take a few minutes to stress the benefits of keeping that air filter in good shape.

Here’s how it works. Air circulates through your home, passes through the return duct and through the system’s air filter before it is re-heated by the furnace. The filter removes dust collected in the air in its travels throughout your home. Of course, this is beneficial to your family’s health. A dirty, incorrect or inefficient air filter can result in poor air quality in your home. Often, the result are unhealthy side effects, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue and depression

Dirt, mold, pet dander, bacteria, or other materials blown in from the desert can cause these symptoms and need to be properly filtered from your home and removed from your cooling system. The high level of dust we have in our local environment causes problems not only for us physically, but for our air conditioning and heating systems. Clogged air filters can sometimes cause damage to your system that could ultimately lead to costly repair or even premature replacement. Also, while helping maintaining good air quality and preventing unnecessary damage, cleaning or changing a clogged air filter can also save on utility bills.

Filtration maintenance is just one component of a regular maintenance schedule. Your system also requires regular tune-ups. Additional maintenance including air duct cleaning/sealing and installation of air purifiers and carbon monoxide detectors could be needed. Call The General for more information about filtration and air quality control.