What is an air handler?
The air handler is the part of the HVAC system that is installed inside your home. It contains all the components of the blower which are responsible for circulating the air, for both heating and cooling. The air filter is one of the most important of those components because it contributes greatly to the efficiency of the system. Variable speed air handlers also contribute to greater efficiency because they allow control of the amount of heating and cooling that is used.
The following four maintenance steps can greatly improve the efficiency of the air handler.
1. Change your filter.
Changing the air filter before it gets clogged keeps your HVAC system clean and operating efficiently. A clean filter allows air to flow freely. When airflow is compromised, the system has to work harder, use more energy and parts wear out quicker — increasing repair and replacement costs and shortening the life of the equipment. Air filters are inexpensive and should be replaced every 30 to 60 days.
2. Upgrade your air filtration system.
Check the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) of your air filter. A filter with a rating that is too low will allow too much dirt through. A filter with a rating that is too high, however, can be equally detrimental because it can overly restrict airflow as it blocks particles. Pleated filters sufficiently capture particles while allowing sufficient airflow. Another solution is to install an air cleaner. Air cleaners effectively remove pollutants without putting additional strain on the air handler.
3. Seal leaks in your home.
Make your home more energy efficient by sealing leaks and cracks around doors and windows that allow heated or cooled air to escape and allow outdoor air in.
4. Install a variable speed air conditioner and furnace.
Older air handlers typically operate at a single speed. A variable speed air handler can be adjusted for greater or less airflow depending on what is needed. When less airflow is needed for heating or cooling, the unit can be adjusted to save energy. This also decreases wear and tear, since the system doesn’t work harder than it has to in order to keep the home comfortable.
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