Why Replacing Your Furnace Filter Is So Important

Posted on: February 12, 2017

When was the last time you gave any thought to your home’s furnace filter? If you haven’t replaced your air filter in a while, now is the time to think about it.

At Air Experts Heating and Cooling, we want you to have a system that runs as cleanly and as efficiently as possible, and air filter replacement is an important part of this (along with scheduling seasonal maintenance!).

Here are some reasons why replacing your furnace filter is crucial to your home’s comfort and your HVAC system’s efficiency.

1. A Clogged Filter Makes an Inefficient System

First, you need to replace your furnace filter to help your system run as efficiently as possible. When the air filter is clogged with dust, dirt and grime, your furnace and air conditioner have to work twice as hard to move air through your home. This will drive up your energy bills, increasing your carbon footprint and draining your budget. Replacing the air filter is quick, easy and effective.

2. Dirty Air Filters Hurt Your Health

A dirty air filter allows dust, dander and even mold to keep circulating through your home. This means your family will be subjected to breathing these things in, which can make asthma, allergies and other respiratory concerns much worse. A clean air filter is better able to trap these contaminants, so your family can breathe free.

3. Clogged Air Filters Reduce Your System’s Lifespan

When your system has to work harder to heat and cool your home, the result is more than just increased energy bills. It can also cause your system to overheat and burn out. The strain placed on the blower and the entire HVAC unit can lead to premature failure of your system. At Air Experts, we’ve found that a clogged air filter is the top reason people call us with a system that has completely failed.

You don’t want to pay for replacement before it’s due when a simple swap of your air filter will fix the problem. Neglecting your air filter is too costly of a mistake to make.

4. Dirty Air Filters Increase Your Maintenance Costs

While a clogged air filter doesn’t always lead to system failure, it does lead to costly maintenance. A blower that stops working or ductwork that needs to be cleaned regularly due to the dust circulating through your home can both be avoided with routine air filter replacement. You’d rather spend your money elsewhere, not replacing and repairing parts of your heating and cooling system, so consider making air filter replacement a part of your normal schedule.

5. A Clean Air Filter Keeps Your Home Cleaner

Finally, a clean air filter will cut down on the amount of dust in your home, because it won’t keep circulating the dust through your home’s HVAC system. Less dust will keep your home cleaner, and help you spend your time doing things you love, rather than dusting.

How Often Should You Change Your Air Filter?

With all of these benefits, chances are you’re committing yourself to changing the filter more frequently, but how frequently is it necessary? The answer will depend on the demand placed on your filter and the type of filter you use, but a good rule of thumb is to change it every other month.

However, to make sure you’re doing what’s best for your home and your system, contact the Air Experts team to help you evaluate your home’s air filter replacement needs!

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