Changing your furnace’s air filter is a quick, easy task you should be doing regularly.
It’s increasingly smart to set a monthly reminder on your smartphone—or write it on the family calendar—to check your air filter at least once a month and change it as needed. Neglecting and prolonging this task can have adverse effects on your health, as well as the health of your home heating equipment.
For example: If the air filter reads 16x25x1, the filter is 16 inches wide, 25 inches long, and 1 inch thick.
A clean air filter does a lot for your furnace, your home, your comfort, and even your bank account. Here are some of the benefits:
Better energy efficiency. A dirty or clogged air filter forces your furnace to work harder to heat your home. That harder work means it uses more energy to operate, driving up your monthly energy costs. A clean air filter—along with regular professional maintenance—helps your furnace run at peak efficiency.
Protection for your furnace. One of the most common causes of a furnace breakdown is a dirty or clogged air filter. As we said before, filters left unchanged force your furnace to work harder, creating more wear on parts, which, over time, can lead to a breakdown. And those breakdowns can be costly. Too much wear also shortens the life expectancy of your furnace and forces you into having to buy a new furnace sooner than you should have to.
FYI, the national average cost to install a new furnace is $4,654. Needless to say, new air filters are much, much cheaper!
Better indoor air quality. An HVAC filter helps control airborne dust, dirt, and allergens from circulating around your home—but only if it isn’t clogged. Checking and changing your air filter regularly is especially essential if anyone in your homes has allergies, asthma, or respiratory conditions such as COPD. Another benefit? Less dust and dirt circulating around your home means cleaning the house is made a bit easier, too.
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