Is your Furnace Filter working properly?
Is it decreasing the Lifetime of your HVAC System?
A simple, yet essential component of your HVAC system, your furnace filter often goes unnoticed. Regular maintenance and replacement can go a long way in keeping the air in your home clean and your energy costs in-line.
Let’s take a look at a few reasons to check your furnace filter this season:
Extend the life of your furnace.
The most common reason an HVAC system breaks down is the result of a dirty filter. Over time, dirt accumulates and prevents proper airflow through the system. This causes the motor to overheat and eventually breakdown. By taking the time and small investment to replace your filter, you can easily lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Keep energy costs to a minimum.
Clogged air filters create extra work for your furnace, and in turn, your energy bill to go up. Regular review and replacement of your filter can save anywhere from 5 to 15 percent per year on your utility costs.
Improve indoor air quality.
Dirty air filters impact the quality of air in your home and can have a negative impact on family members who already struggle with asthma or allergies. Although the time between filter changes varies from home to home, once a month is fairly accurate timeframe. However, several factors impact filter lifetime—if you have pets, construction projects or smoke in your home you will want to change your filter more often to achieve clean air circulation.
Now that you understand the importance of regular maintenance, we have a few more helpful hints when it comes to purchasing and installation:
Purchase in bulk.
Buy your filters by the case, or ask if there is a price break for purchasing multiple filters at once. If you purchase filters for the year, you are less likely to procrastinate changing the filter, and you will save money at the same time.
Make sure you are using the right-sized filter.
If not fitted properly, a filter will allow dust and other pollutants into your home. The additional debris will also clog the coils in your air conditioner, resulting in bigger issues down the road. The next time your provider inspects your furnace, have him or her tell you what filter is recommended based on your efficiency, static pressure, restriction and more.
Turn your furnace off before replacement.
Some furnaces have electric wiring close to the filter location. Make sure the furnace is disconnected before you replace the filter.
Expensive filters don’t always equate to better performance.
Sometimes they even cause more harm than good. Find out if you’re using the right filter in our comparison video below.