Why Does Your Air Filter Get Dirty So Fast?

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Your Filter Could Be the Problem


There are a number of reasons why your air filter may seem to get dirty quickly. One reason can be that you're using a one-inch pleated filter. These types of filters get dirty very quickly because they are specifically designed to catch pretty much all of the airborne contaminants. They are made of a very fine mesh that will trap more airborne contaminants. You could get an inexpensive disposable fiberglass filter or a filter with thicker pleats instead. It is important to contact American Mechanical to be sure that your heating and cooling system is working at its peak efficiency.


Your A/C Setting Could Be Wrong

Another reason is that the fan is set to A/C. When your A/C is on the thermostat fan will constantly be running causing air too run over the air filter continuously and causing it to get dirty more quickly. Your thermostat fan should be set to auto which will also help to reduce your energy bills.


You Could Have a Leak

Leaky air ducts can also cause your filter to clog up and especially if it is near your AC unit. Duct leaks will also cause you to pay more for your energy bills. If you suspect that you have leaky ducts be sure to contact American Mechanical so that they can fix the issue for you. Having leaky ducts can mean that you are spending a lot more on your energy bills than you should be and you should get it taken care of right away. A typical house will lose about 20 to 30 percent of all the air that moves through the ducts just because there are leaks, holes, or ducts that are not connected properly.


Your Furry Friends Could be Causing Some Issues

Having pets can also cause more hair and contaminants to get into the air which will eventually end up in your filter. You can help to reduce some of the hair that gets into the air by brushing your pets regularly as well as bathing your pets often to help keep dirt and dust down that may get into the air.


You want to consider all of these issues, and American Mechanical will get your heating and cooling system to work efficiently to keep you comfortable and to reduce your energy bills. Our staff is comprised of Master Licensed Contractors and NATE Certified technicians with decades and decades of combined experience in the industry.

We’re the organized and efficient answer you’ve been looking for to install, repair, and maintain any of your home or business’s most important features of operation. Our technicians can deliver these services same-day and on an emergency basis throughout Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.