Air filters are one of most commonly neglected household maintenance items. During the pollen season in Kyle, Texas, a clogged air filter can be disastrous. Knowing the signs that indicate you need a new air filter is an important skill for any homeowner, not only to improve indoor air quality but to help keep your HVAC system running efficiently. This guide will help you determine when you to need a new air filter.

Dusty Air

Dusty air is a sign of poor indoor air quality. Avoiding it is especially important if you have family members who suffer from allergies.

Dust buildup can happen quickly if your filter isn’t clean. Check around vents and the surfaces of any furniture. If there’s an unusual amount of dust on them, check your air filter to make sure it still appears white.

Longer Cycles

If your HVAC unit runs longer than usual with briefer pauses between cycles, it likely means that it’s straining itself trying to force conditioned air into your home. This may not be a very noticeable sign at first, but it’s a helpful way to diagnose HVAC issues. 

Hot Unit

A clogged filter means that your HVAC system has to work harder to do its job. If you’re outside and you notice the unit is unusually hot to the touch, it could mean it’s straining itself. 

If you find your unit is running hot, shut off your system and call a service technician immediately. Otherwise, you risk the possibility of damage to the internal components. 

If your HVAC unit still isn’t running as expected after changing your filter, it may be time to schedule a more detailed assessment. If the problems persist, call Woods Comfort Systems at 512-842-5066 to schedule an appointment to check your HVAC system today.

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