Have You Checked Your Furnace Filter Lately?
Have you checked your furnace filter lately? While it can be a bothersome chore, it is one that will be worth your time in the long run.
Changing the air filter in your furnace is ordinarily a simple and inexpensive task, but it is absolutely crucial to the efficiency and performance of your heating equipment between tune-up appointments. It is also a significant contributor to overall air quality in the home. Air filters that are clogged can create airflow issues, increased energy use, higher heating bills, substandard heating throughout the home, unhealthy air quality, and could even cause the entire system to fail. With regularly changed filters, dust and dirt will not build up in the system, which will prevent expensive repairs or system failures.
When you should change the air filters depends on several factors. The type of filter the system requires, the number of people living in the home, whether or not there are indoor pets, and whether or not there is a higher level of debris in the area due to construction or other external influencers are all factors to take into consideration. All of these things affect indoor air quality and need to be considered. Generally, filters should be checked at least monthly, especially during the winter season when the furnace is most often used. If the filter appears dirty and clogged, it should be replaced immediately. If someone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma, replacing the filter more regularly could significantly help with symptoms. Under regular conditions, furnace filters should be replaced every three months.
Many homeowners are capable of changing the furnace filter on their own, as it is a fairly simple task. The general guidelines for replacing a dirty filter are as follows:
- Determine the right size filter for your unit and purchase it at any home store (Home Depot, hardware stores, HVAC suppliers, etc.)
- Make sure your system is completely turned off by switching the breaker or turning off power to the system.
- Remove or open the filter panel to reveal an open compartment, and you will see the filter resting on two metal supports.
- Remove the filter.
- Make sure to check the perimeter of the new filter for an arrow that indicates the direction of air flow to be sure to install the filter in the correct direction. Generally, the arrow will point towards the top of the furnace.
If you’re having trouble with finding the right filter, or need assistance in changing the filter, Climate Control Experts’ technicians are happy to help! Give us a call today for your winter maintenance on your furnace, and we’ll check your filters for you, and replace them if needed.