When you don't replace your air filter, dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate over time. This means that the air that flows through the ducts and into your home is not filtered, which can lead to respiratory problems and even more serious illnesses. But what if you need to replace your current filter but don't have a new one? Can you still operate your air conditioner?Particles in the air come in a variety of sizes, most of which are invisible to the naked eye. Particles smaller than 10 microns, such as dust and pollen, can be easily inhaled and can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, lungs, and heart.
Dirty or broken air filters are less effective at filtering out pollutants in the air. Dirty filters have less surface area to absorb debris and won't perform as well as a clean filter. Broken or damaged filters can also allow contaminants to pass through and damage the air conditioner. If you have pets or animals in your home, there will be more animal dander in the air. Some air conditioning systems are large and complex, making it difficult to find the filter.
The filter is responsible for removing impurities from the air before it is blown back into the building by the HVAC system. Without a filter, the system will suck in dirty air and return it to the indoor environment, which can lead to health problems. If you don't replace your air filter often enough, it will work less efficiently or may even stop working due to clogged filters. Not only does an air filter trap particles and protect the air conditioner, but it also keeps debris out of the air ducts. To keep your system running smoothly, make sure that you keep your filter clean and always have it in place before operating the system.
Additionally, dirt and debris that enter the system due to a lack of an air filter can reach the condensate drain and clog it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that air filters can help reduce airborne particles in your home, including those of greatest health concern. There is no standard rating for normal air quality since there are many factors to consider such as home environment, residents' health needs, and budget.