Spring is in the air! But what also might be in the air is dust, and dirt-if that is the case, it’s time to change your furnace filter. Changing your furnace filter is the quickest and easiest way to make your furnace run more efficient, not to mention it also aids in purify your air. Furnace filters are your furnaces’ first line of defense against dust and airborne particles that can get trapped in the system, potentially damaging the fans or heating coil. Regular filters will prevent damage, while more expensive filters help purify the air, protecting against bacteria, pollen and mildew.
How often should you change your furnace filter? Simple, whenever it is dirty. Most manufacturers of furnace filters will give an indication about how long they will last, typically 30-60 days. But other factors can influence the frequency of build-up on furnace filters, such as, the quality of your air, having pets, smoking, occupancy of the home, air pollution, construction work nearby, etc. It’s a good rule of thumb to check your furnace filter frequently, and to replace whenever you notice excessive buildup.
Not changing your filter can be hazardous. Dirty filters can pollute the air you breathe and make you feel sick, while also causing your furnace to work harder and less efficient. Changing your filter will give you cleaner air –less dust and debris in the air, in your lungs and on your furniture. And will also add years to your furnace and save you money. Changing your filter frequently will ensure your furnace is working at maximum capacity. So, don’t delay, it’s very simple and inexpensive.
Furnace filters, vary from furnace to furnace, you might need to measure your filter to make sure, and you get the right size when you go shopping. There are also a variety of furnace filters to choose from with different levels of protection. As an added reminder, you can also pick up a furnace filter whistle, which will omit a high-pitched noise alerting you that it’s time to change your filter. To change your filter, you’ll want to remove and discard the dirty filter and replace with the new filter. Simple instructions included on the package will direct you on how to insert the filter properly. For more heating/cooling advice in Richmond, VA, contact us and breathe a little easier.