During peak heating months, many homeowners neglect their furnace’s air filter. These filters keep dust, hair, and other particles from entering the indoor air you breathe. Keeping this filter clear will improve your furnace’s performance and longevity.
When your furnace is running regularly, you should check your air filter every month. So, if you haven’t done so this month, it’s time.
What happens when you don’t change your air filter?
Checking your furnace’s air filter might seem like a minor inconvenience, but not doing so can bring a host of major headaches.
To begin with, a furnace without a clean air filter will not keep dust and other debris out of your home. This can lead to dry and cracked skin, allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Clogged filters also result in heated air being trapped and unable to cycle into your living spaces. The result is that your furnace will have to work harder to heat your home. Heating system overwork leads to:
Discomfort in your home because your furnace can’t cycle air the way it’s designed to.
Higher energy bills since your HVAC equipment is less efficient and needs to burn more fuel.
Unexpected repairs because your heating equipment works too hard to perform basic functions. You will see more frequent breakdowns and shorter lifespans. Soon, you might be on the hook for an expensive furnace replacement.
How to change your furnace’s air filter
Happily, checking your furnace’s air filter is simple, and replacing one usually is quite inexpensive.
Once a month, locate your air filter, generally found in the furnace’s blower compartment. If it is dirty or clogged, you should clean it (if it’s washable) or replace it (if it’s disposable). This check will take you less than five minutes and make a world of difference for your home heating!
No one likes the idea of replacing their home heating equipment, but if you stay on top of issues like this, you can extend your furnace’s lifespan! If you are at all unsure about how to check, clean, or replace your furnace’s air filter, consult your owner’s manual. You can also contact the expert heating technicians at Roach Energy.