Springfield HVAC Question: What Happens if You Put Your Air Filter in the Wrong Way?

Air filters are a very important part of any forced air system in Springfield.  They keep dirt, pollen and other debris from polluting your indoor air and help your equipment function more efficiently. However, there is a right and wrong way to put in a new air filter, and a backwards air filter can cause a number of problems for your HVAC systems.

Common Issues

A backwards facing filter will cause your system to work much less efficiently. If your furnace or air conditioner is trying to blow air through the non-porous side of an air filter, it will take a lot more energy to get the air to move. This can overwork your blower and result in higher utility bills. The effect can even greater on an air conditioner than a furnace because some air conditioners have multiple filters.

Beyond the increased utility bills, an improperly replaced air filter will also decrease your indoor air quality. The air filter is put in place to remove unwanted particles from your air, so if it is not working properly, obviously many of these contaminates will continue to circulate. If your filter is backwards, the part of the device that collects dirt and dust will not face the air supply, and it won’t be able to remove the debris.

This can not only lead to bad indoor air but also result in a clogged filter. A clogged filter can, in some cases, prevent your air conditioning or heating system from working effectively. While it might seem like a small part of your overall system, it can actually have a big impact on how well the rest of the components function.

Preventing the Problem

There are two simple ways to prevent putting in your air filter the wrong way. First, you can have a Springfield HVAC professional perform the task for you. They will probably do so during your annual maintenance visit, but since your filter needs to be changed every few months, you can have a technician come out a regular basis to replace the air filter. The second option is to ask your technician to show you exactly how to replace the air filter yourself. Each system is a little different, but this task can be done by most homeowners.  If you suspect that your air filter has been put in backward and you are not sure how to fix the problem, call Cool It Heating and Air Conditioning!