Many heating and cooling contractors will tell you that it is important to change your furnace filter every month. You may think that it is not that important and is just another thing you need to add to your already long list of chores. What you need to know, however, is why it is so important and how it will save you money in the long run.
Clean Furnace Filters Save Money
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 monthly, you will help reduce your home's heating costs.
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 are constantly suffering from congestion, your filter may be at the root of the problem.
Tell-Tale Signs It's Time to Replace Your Filter
- If you start noticing more dust around your home, or dust around your air vents
- You smell a dusty odor in your home
- You or your family has unexplained congestion
To keep your furnace in its best condition, Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating recommends that you change the filter monthly and have it serviced annually by a professional heating and cooling contractor. This will ensure that your furnace will continue to keep your home warm and comfortable when you need it most.
For any questions you may have about replacing your filter or servicing your furnace in your McKinney, TX home, call the experts at Bill Joplin’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We will be happy to recommend the best type of filter for your furnace and explain to you the benefits of keeping your furnace well-maintained.