We previously mentioned the importance of cleaning or replacing your air filter for health reasons. However, beyond the health of you and your family, the health of your furnace is important also.
Here’s four benefits of changing your air filter:
Extends the life of your unit: The most common reason a heating system breaks down is because of a dirty air filter. As dirt accumulates, air can’t pass, or worse, the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system.
Decrease your energy bill costs: When the filter is dirty, your system has to work much harder to pump the same amount of air through the vents. If it takes more energy for the system to work properly, your energy costs will start to increase. By swapping out the filter every three months, you’ll see a savings of as much as 15% on your utility costs and energy bills.
Better air quality: 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 constantly suffering from congestion, your filter may be at the root of the problem.
Keeping your heating system clean: Dirt clogged up in the filter can lead to polluting the entire heating system. That can mean extra repairs, service and parts that weren’t necessarily in your budget this heating season.
Replacing your filter is an easy, inexpensive step to take to save money, extend the life of your system, and improve the indoor air quality.
If you are unsure as to where your filter is located, and would also like your system checked and serviced, call our office to get scheduled before your air filter causes problems.