Why Should You Change Your Filter?
All the forced air that flows into the living spaces of your home must first pass through a furnace filter. If the filter is dirty, it is unable to adequately filter the air in your home. In addition to helping improve the air quality in your home, filters protect your heating system equipment from damage. Changing your furnace filter is obviously important, but it is also beneficial. Here’s how:
The furnace filter helps remove various things like dust, pet dander and other particles from the furnace system. A clogged furnace filter will also lead to decreased air flow, meaning your furnace will have to work harder. Over time, this can result in costly furnace breakdowns and can also shorten the life of your furnace.
Better Air Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air pollution as a top 5 environmental health risk and estimates that the air we breathe inside our homes can be up to five times more polluted than the air we breathe outdoors. The purpose of having a furnace filter is to reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that can be circulated throughout your home. Even if you think you keep your home immaculate, you can still find dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and bacteria in your home.
For Your Health
If your furnace filter is not changed regularly, unhealthy irritants will continue to build up and impact the air quality inside your home. As a result, your family’s health may suffer, especially for people who suffer from asthma or allergies. If your family seems to be getting colds more than usual or is constantly suffering from congestion, a clean furnace filter or whole-home air cleaner may help alleviate the problem. If your family suffers from allergies or asthma, consider replacing the standard filter with a whole-home air cleaner.
How Often Should You Change Your Filter?
Now, the question you’re probably asking yourself is, “How often should I be changing my furnace filter?” The answer will actually depend on the demand placed on your filter and the type of filter you use, but a good rule of thumb for a basic one-inch filter is to change it every month. In addition to changing your filter every month, it’s important to schedule annual tune-ups and regular maintenance on your system. A technician will check electrical connections, examine the unit for fire hazards, clean the components, and make sure the unit is operating safely and free of carbon monoxide.
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