CMC Corporate Solutions has been in the heating and cooling business since 1976. Over the years we have kept track of the different types of service calls we get from building owners and operators. Typically, we get these kinds of emergency service calls come from business owners that have chosen to ignore their equipment or selected a cheap service option.
We understand there are budgets to deal with in every facet of your business. Be assured that filter changes and filter types is not the place to try to save a couple dollars.
Filters are critical to the smooth and efficient operation of your system. They are also a critical part of Indoor Air Quality. Filters protect your equipment by removing dirt and dust of the air before it passes over the coils, motors and other components. Additionally, the filters provide the building occupants with cleaner air.
Overtime your filters “fill up” with dirt and dust during normal operation. Kind of like the collection tank on a vacuum cleaner. Both need to be emptied, or in the case of filters replaced. The frequency of changes depends on the frequency of use and the amount of dust and dirt in the surrounding environment. As an example, if your office is near road construction you may need to replace your filters more often until the road construction is complete.
If your filters do not get replaced, the dust and dirt will build up to the point at which it overflows and begins to blow through the equipment and into the building occupant’s space. In addition to causes problems with your heating and air conditioning equipment; you now have more dust and dirt in your office. It settles on everything increasing your janitorial costs, carpet cleaning costs and potentially increasing employee illness.
One of the big problems with filter changes is, your filters can be “full” and you may not know for a while. Your system will still operate and you will still be comfortable. But eventually the dirt and dust will build up on the moving pieces of equipment and cause them to shut-down or worse fail.
By the time you find out your filters need changing, the dirty filters may have caused your coils to freeze or burned up one of your motors.
In the end, choosing to neglect your filters, a $10 or 15-dollar item, ends up costing you several hundred dollars in repairs. Not to mention the increase in other costs like:
- Carpet Cleaning
- Energy Cost
- Shortened Equipment Life