Staying warm and comfortable in your home is important. You will want to make sure the furnace is inspected, but you will also want to inspect the filter regularly. A furnace filter that is clogged with dust, pet dander, and other particles will cause your furnace to work harder because of decreased airflow. When this happens, you will need to make repairs more often to replace worn out parts. Overtime, the useful life of your furnace will be reduced as a result. Being your furnace has to work harder, this means it is using more energy to operate. By changing its filter regularly, you will help reduce your home’s heating costs.
The EPA 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 filter in your furnace is to reduce the amount of dust and other allergens that can be circulated throughout your home and add further to this problem. Even if you keep your home immaculate, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and or bacteria can still be found within it. If your furnace filter is not changed regularly, these irritants will continue to build up and foul the air quality inside your home. As a result, your family’s health may suffer, especially those members who suffer from asthma or allergies. If your family seems to be getting more colds than usual or are constantly suffering from congestion, your filter may be at the root of the problem.
When you inspect the filter, make sure it is clean and clear of any dirt or dust. Also remember to never run the furnace without the filter, because it can cause more damage to the HVAC unit. As always, make sure to contact us at the first sign of an issue you notice, so you can prevent further time, money, and stress in the long run.