How often do you change your Furnace Air Filter?
It's easy to see why many people forget about changing their furnace air filter each year. After all, you don't see it every day, so you probably just don't think about it. Unfortunately, a dirty air filter can cause a lot of problems for your finances as well as for your health. Here is a look at five of the best reasons for changing your air filter this fall.
1. Prevent Premature Wear and Tear on Your HVAC Unit.
When the air filter is dirty, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through the filter. The dirtier the filter is, the harder your HVAC system is going to have to work. As a result, your motor is going to work harder and use up more energy as it does so. Your HVAC unit is going to experience more wear and tear when it is dirty than when it is clean, resulting in damage that might require the services of an experienced technician who can make necessary repairs. When you replace the filter on your furnace according to the manufacture's recommendation, you decrease the likelihood of repairs and extend the life of your heating system.
2. Promote Better Air Quality
Once an air filter becomes dirty, it loses its ability to trap toxins and allergens. As a result, the air you breathe contains particulates that can lead to an entire assortment of unpleasant symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, sinus headaches, and itchy eyes, ears, and mouth. If you want cleaner air, simply replace your furnace's air filter according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
3. Save on Energy Costs
A dirty air filter causes your HVAC system to work harder, making it use more energy. Keeping your air filter clean allows your system to use less energy, leading to lower energy bills. The money you spend to have your system serviced is easily covered by the savings that you realize in energy costs.
4. Prevent System Breakdowns
Clogged air filters can lead to a complete system breakdown, particularly if your HVAC unit is old. An overworked motor can overheat and seize up, leaving you without any heat at all. Quite often, it becomes necessary to replace the entire unit because it can't be repaired.
5. Inexpensive Maintenance
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to keep your furnace running efficiently and safely is to replace the filter regularly. You get to avoid costly repairs, and you get to breathe clean air that helps to keep you healthy. You also get the peace of mind that comes with preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter so that you can be warm and comfortable.
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