Few people hang around their furnace, especially when it’s located in a basement or someplace else that people think little about. Because out of sight often means out of mind, it’s not uncommon for people to forget all about changing their furnace filter. Sometimes, homeowners will go a year or longer before thinking about it. In effect, this forgetfulness leads to excess energy bills and maintenance and mechanical issues later on.
Depending on the product and manufacturer, an HVAC filter should be changed as frequent as every 30 days for cheap fiberglass models to every six months for quality, pleated models. However, when you use your furnace daily during the colder months, it should be changed more often. Of course, if you aren’t home and rarely use your furnace, you may not even need to change the filter as often as the manufacturer recommends.
Always Change Dirty Filters
With your vacuum, you probably clean out the filter every time it gets dirty, right? When it’s clearly clogged, you may even take it outside and hose it out. With air conditioning and furnace filters, it’s no different. If HVAC filters are dirty, they won’t do a good job, they’ll be inefficient, and they’ll end up increasing your energy costs.
HVAC filters have important roles. There’s dust, dirt and other contaminants in the air we breathe – all the time. These tiny particles can do a number on furnaces and air conditioning units if filters are not changed as needed. If filters are not maintained, these particles are blown throughout our home while the heater or air conditioning is on. When there’s too many particles floating around inside your house, they can contribute to allergies, nasal congestion, coughing, and other health issues.
If your furnace filters are clogged, your HVAC system will be inefficient – it won’t do a good job heating or cooling your home. Not only will you be less comfortable, you’ll have higher energy bills in the process. So, when you purchase a filter, read the manufacturer’s recommendations for changing the filter and be sure to follow it.
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